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Indivisible Bainbridge Island (IBI) Newsletter

May 15, 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 has plenty of Zoom events. For example, the weekly Indivisible Bainbridge Island/North Kitsap Indivisible (BINKI) Zoom meeting will host Bobby Michaels, Indivisible's Northwest director.

Also coming up this week is a Zoom town hall for Hillary Franz (running for re-election as Commissioner of Public Lands) and a Zoom town hall for Gael Tarlington (running for Secretary of State) and Mike Pellicciotti (running for State Treasurer). If you care about our state, these town halls are an important way to learn about the candidates and spread the message to friends and family.


Why we resist
When the current "president" was elected, liberals were mocked for freaking out. The Covid-19 pandemic in the United States is proof we had every reason to freak out. Tim Dickinson's article, "The Four Men Responsible For America’s COVID-19 Test Disaster," in the May 10 issue of Rolling Stone lays out the details. Sen. Patty Murray is quoted.


Flipping the U.S. Senate, a state-by-state update
This week's newsletter includes an update on what's happening in Maine, where a Democratic candidate for Senate could help flip the U.S. Senate BLUE. Next week, Colorado!

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.




172 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, 81 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 5/15, Kitsap County had 157 confirmed cases (three more than last week) and 2 deaths (same as last week).
    • As of 5/12, Washington state had 17,773 confirmed cases, 2,823 more than last week, and 983 deaths, 92 more than last week.
  • Nationally as of 5/15 (Source: Johns Hopkins/NBC News)
    • 1,439,566 confirmed diagnoses, an increase of 166,872 since last week.
    • 87,465 deaths, and increase of 9,865 since last week.
Find all the Covid-19 resources and Ways to Help from past newsletters here.
 
Need of a laugh?
Thank you, Anna and Bill McClain, for including this spot-on Tom Toles cartoon in your email this week:
Maine senatorial update

Maine has one of the most vulnerable Republican senators up for re-election in 2020: Susan Collins. Collins is much despised for her votes on Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court and on impeachment, of which she said Trump had learned a "big lesson."

Collins had an approval rating of 69% when she headed into re-election in 2014. The Bangor Daily News polled voters last fall and found her approval rating had fallen to 42 percent. That was confirmed by an early February Colby College/SocialSphere poll of 1,008 registered Maine voters that found that just 42 percent of the respondents said they would support Collins in her bid for re-election.

A Morning Consult poll conducted in the first half of April shows a further drop in Collins' approval from 42 percent to 37 percent, while the share of voters who disapprove of her performance climbed to 52 percent. The poll found that her approval rating with Republican voters had risen.

The Democratic senate primary is July 14. Activist and former director of the Maine Women's Lobby, Betsy Sweet, Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon (pictured left), and activist and attorney Bre Kidman are on the ballot. In February, the Colby College/SocialSphere poll found that if the General Election were held that month, 43 percent of voters would vote for Sara Gideon and 42 percent would vote for Collins, with the margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

According to The Hill, in the first three months of 2020, Gideon raised about $7.1 million compared to about $2.4 million for Collins. However, McConnell is pouring dark money into Maine on Collins' behalf.

Cook Political Report, Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales and Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball rated this race a toss-up as of April 28. Previously, it had been rated by many as "Tilt- or Lean-Republican."

How you can help in Maine:

  • Join the Common Purpose Now campaign for Maine here.
  • Donate to the CrowdPac fund, which has already raised $4,105,912 of the $4,500,000 goal for whoever is Collins' Democratic opponent in November.
Things you can do right now
  • Watch Democrat Carolyn Long's 50th Town Hall held on May 12th. For the second time, Long is running to unseat Republican Rep. Jaime Hererra Beutler in Washington state's CD 3 (Centralia to Vancouver). In 2018, Long came the closest of any recent candidate to unseating Beutler. (Long lost by just over 5 percent.) Help Long do it in 2020.
  • Sign the Daily Kos petition supporting a Constitutional Amendment for automatic voter registration.
  • Listen to the Washington State Indivisible (WIN) podcast of a town hall with Democratic candidates Gael Tarleton and Mike Pelliciotti, who are running for Secretary of State and State Treasurer, respectively. Recorded Tuesday, April 22.
  • Sign the Daily Kos petition demanding the EPA immediately reverse their loosening of regulatory enforcement in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Listen to the May Indivisible National Activist Call, recorded May 5. This month, co-executive directors, Leah and Ezra, talked about Indivisible's endorsement of Joe Biden and what the endorsement means for Indivisible groups across the country. Also discussed: organizing during coronavirus.
  • Sign the End Citizens United petition demanding that Congress investigate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell be investigated for "encouraging" federal judges to retire so he can fill the resulting vacancies with right-wing appointees.
  • Sign the End Citizens United petition calling for William Barr to resign as Attorney General aka, "Attorney Specifically For Donald Trump."
  • Join Tom and Rita Hanks in signing the MoveOn.org petition to Congress that everybody should be able to register to vote online and vote early or vote by mail.
Events May 15 through May 21
Fri., May 15, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Voices of the Majority
Not meeting this week, but 
Bill and Anna McClain recommend these videos: Want to take action? Ask Bill for some postcard addresses or checkout these web sites: Sat., May 16 and Sun. May 17 
The Work That Reconnects - A climate grief workshop
Postponed

Southside Commons, 3518 S Edmunds St, Seattle, Washington 98118
More information here.


Mon., May 18, 5:00 pm to 6:30
BINKI Zoom meeting
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 Bobby Michaels, Indivisible's Northwest director. He'll share ideas that have emerged from other Indivisible groups of how to organize during a shutdown, such as drive-by rallies and Burma Shave signs. More info here.

Mon., May 18, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Indivisible Virtual Town Hall with Candidates Gael Tarlington and Mike Pellicciotti
Zoom link. Password: 449984
Indivisible Bellingham is hosting a Zoom Town Hall with guests Mike Pellicciotti (currently a state representative and running for State Treasurer) and Gael Tarlington (running for Secretary of State). Did you know that Washington has not had a Democratic Secretary of State since 1965? It's about time. If you have a question for either candidate, please send them via email to IndivisibleBellingham@gmail.com. More info here.

Tues., May 19, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Solutions Together – Climate Leaders Zoom meeting
Register for this Zoom meeting
Climate Solutions is hosting an online conversation about how we can further solutions to the climate crisis during this challenging time of the COVID pandemic. More info here.

Tues., May 19, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Kitchen Table Activists
Not meeting this week
Contact Debbie for updates.


Tues., May 19, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
State Town Hall with Hilary Franz
Register here for this Zoom meeting.
Democrat and incumbent Hilary Franz, candidate for Commissioner of Public Lands, is running for re-election.
 
Wed., May 20, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Postcards on Wednesdays via Zoom! With Master Gardener!
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 made, too. 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'll have a guest master gardener and talk about organic gardening.

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!


Thurs., May 21, 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81572727888
Join Bainbridge Island Climate & Energy Forum for a presentation and discussion about two interactive tools – EN-ROADS and the CoolClimate Calculator – that can help us understand ways to meet the challenges of the climate crisis. The featured speakers are Ted Larson Freeman (Citizens Climate Lobby) and Michael Cox (Climate Action Bainbridge).
Events May 22 through May 28
Fri., May 22, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Voices of the Majority
Probably not meeting.

Mon., May 25, 5:00 pm to 6:30

BINKI Zoom meeting - It's Memorial Day, so no meeting!

Tues., May 26, 2:45 pm to 4:00 pm
Meeting with Rep. Kilmer's staffers
May be a teleconference. May not happen.
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 26, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Kitchen Table Activists
Not meeting this week
Contact Debbie for updates.


Wed., May 27, 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 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.

Thurs., May 28, 6:00 pm
Slay the Dragon: Presentation and Discussion
RSVP for the Zoom link here.

Film screening of Slay the Dragon, a film documenting the conscious and deliberate effort by the Republican Party to thwart the will of the people by gerrymandering state legislative and congressional districts so that Republicans gain control and stay in control. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with representatives from FairVote Washington, the League of Women Voters of WA, and Fix Democracy First. Watch the trailer here.
Future events
Thurs., June 4
Movies That Matter: Motherload
Zoom link
A screening of Motherload: the story of a mother's quest to understand the isolation and disconnection of the digital age, its planetary impact and how cargo bikes could be an antidote. Sponsored by Sustainable Bainbridge, Climate Action Bainbridge, EcoAdapt, Citizens' Climate Lobby, SqueakyWheels and Bainbridge GreenWays.

Mon., June 8, 5:00 pm to 6:30
BINKI Zoom meeting
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 discuss flipping the U.S. Senate in 2020 and how to encourage our own state legislators to support a bold, progressive agenda.

Sat., June 27

Indivisible Rural Digital Summit
Indivisible will bring together our rural Indivisible groups and rural organizers across the country for a day of celebration, self-care, and rural power building in anticipation of the November election. Details to come.
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

Indivisible.org started a new initiative last week called “The Peoples’ Agenda Pledge,” calling on members of Congress to “vote against the next coronavirus relief package (COVID 4) unless it is a true People’s Agenda for relief. That means the next relief package must keep people on payrolls, provide financial relief, protect public health, defend elections, ensure the next package provides relief to every person in this country, regardless of tax or immigration status, age or disability.”

The pledge is based on four principles: 1) Keep people on payrolls. 2) Provide financial relief focused on people. 3) Protect public health (testing, PPE). 4) Defend democracy with vote by mail.

Actions based on these four principles change daily. Go to People's Agenda Pledge to see and take action on the current day's issue.

  1. Go to People’s Agenda Pledge and use that page to contact Rep. Kilmer and tell him vote in favor of the HEROES bill as introduced by Nanci Pelosi with no concessions to Republicans that would weaken the bill. Tell our members of Congress that the HEROES Act must include money for the USPS and for states that have assumed billions in debt to fight the virus because Trump abandoned them.
  2. Contact our senators and tell them to co-sponsor S. 3679, the “Newborn CARES Act.” This bi-partisan bill would allow parents of babies born in 2020 to receive the benefits provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The bill would waive the existing Child Tax Credit rules, and allow for new parents to get the additional $500 per child CARES Act stimulus payments now. Read about it here.
  3. Contact our members of Congress and tell them to co-sponsor legislation to be introduced by Reps. Chrissy Houlahan (D-Penn.) and Michael Walz (R-Fla.) to create a National Public Health Corps. The Corps, modeled after Americorps, would employ hundreds of thousands to help conduct testing, contact tracing and eventually vaccinating those infected or potentially infected with coronavirus. The legislation aims to address the health and economic crisis by helping to create a national testing strategy and hire Americans who are searching for jobs in a weak market. Read about it here and here. Vice President Biden endorsed this bill on May 14.
  4. Tell our members of Congress to pass legislation telling FEMA to help pay for Covid-19 funeral expenses. FEMA has helped pay for the burials of victims of past disasters, but it can only do so if authorized by the president. So far, that authorization has not been made. Families of COVID-19 victims have been forced to turn to religious centers and GoFundMe. Read about it here.
  5. Tell our senators to co-sponsor and pass S.2965, the “USPS Fairness Act,” which would end the requirement that the USPS fund the health benefits of future retirees who haven’t been born yet. The House passed H.R.2382, which does the same thing, in February. (Thank Kilmer for voting “Yeson H.R.2382.) The mandatory payments were part of the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, which has forced the USPS to struggle for years so Republicans can eventually claim it ought to be privatized. The CARES Act, passed in March, allows the USPS to borrow up to $10 billion from the Treasury, but now the USPS is caught Trump’s vendetta against Jeff Bezos. Trump said his administration won’t approve a $10 billion loan to USPS guaranteed under the $2 trillion CARES Act unless the agency first agrees to raise its package and shipping rates by “approximately four times” just to stick it to Amazon, whose CEO is Jeff Bezos, the owner of the Washington Post. Tell our members of Congress that the HEROES Act must include at least $25 billion for the USPS, which says it will be broke before the end of the fiscal year due to reduced mail volume. Read about it here.
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