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Indivisible Bainbridge Island (IBI) Actions

Feb. 14, 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.




262 days until Election Day, Tuesday, November 3.

The Washington state presidential primary is March 10, 2020, 25 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, 172 days away.
 
Got the post-impeachment blues?
 
  • Watch this video of Dean Obeiddallah interviewing former Republican strategist, Rick Wilson, author of "Running Against the Devil," who says the key to defeating Trump is "f**king hating him." We can do that, in spades.
  • Watch this video of Chris Hayes introducing his MSNBC show, "All in with Chris Hayes" the day of the New Hampshire primary. You will feel better!
  • Meet environmental activists and CD-6 candidate, Rebecca Parson, who wants to take action on climate change! Climate Action Bainbridge is hosting Rebecca at the OfficeXpats, upstairs at the Pavilion, 403 Madison Ave N, Suite 240, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. More info here.
  • Take a look at these sweet babies, painted at the Rock the Vote event on Feb. 12.

You'll soon be seeing them around Winslow, reminding people to vote in the presidential primary. The next Rock the Vote event is Monday, Feb. 24, 5:30 to 7:30 at Scrappy Art Lab, 123 Bjune Dr SE Unit 109, BI (next to Cups).
Act right now
  • Sign a petition:
    • Thank Rep. Adam Schiff for bringing forward articles of impeachment.
    • Tell Congress to support upcoming legislation about plastic pollution.
    • Tell the Dept. of Justice Inspector General and the House Judiciary Committee to investigage AG William Barr.
  • Nominate Rep. Adam Schiff for a Profiles in Courage award from the JFK Library, as well as Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and former Ambassador Marie Yovanovich. The deadline is Feb. 15.
  • Check out Represent.Us's scorecard of major Democratic candidates' positions on election security. While you're there, sign the petition telling debate moderators to ask the candidates questions about how the Trump administration undermines the rule of law and threatens our democracy.
  • Hasalyn Modine of Seattle Indivisible suggests that every time Trump visits a state in which a Democrat is running to unseat a Republican senator, pledge to donate to that candidate's campaign. For example, Trump is visiting Arizona on Feb. 19 and Colorado on Feb. 20. That means a donation to Mark Kelly and John Hickenlooper, respectively. (Hickenlooper never caught on as a presidential candidate, but he is popular as the former governor of the state and leads a field of many Democrats. The primary for this U.S. Senate seat is June 30.)
  • Defend the targets of Trump's hatred. Volunteer for Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network (WAISN). They are looking for bilingual Spanish-English speakers to assist in staffing the WAISN hotline that immigrants call seeking various forms of services/assistance. You will be trained and you can take a shift from home. More info here. Please spread the word to your other groups. We can hook them up with the lead on the WAISN hotline team.
Feb. 14 to Feb. 20
Fri., Feb. 14, 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Voices of the Majority: Debate Watch Party

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

Write postcards to voters and send faxes to legislators. More info here.

Sun., Feb. 16, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Kitsap Environmental Coalition presents Cowspiracy

Kingston Village Green Community Center, 26159 Dulay Rd NE, Kingston
This documentary explores the devastating impact of animal agriculture on the environment & investigates the policies of environmental organizations. 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.

Tues
., Feb. 18, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Kitchen Table Activists

Upstairs meeting room, Sterling Building (Umpqua Bank) corner 305 & Winslow Way, BI

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.

Tues., Feb. 18, 7:00 pm
Kitsap Democrats meeting

Eagles Nest Community Center, 1195 NW Fairgrounds Rd, Bremerton
Get the latest information on the 2020 caucus and convention cycle. Special guest: Rep. Derek Kilmer.


Wed., Feb. 19, 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 or the primary for CD-10 in California (the seat formerly occupied by now Republican felon Duncan Hunter). Last week we sent 100 postcards in support of Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjir - another guy with a funny name - who is working hard to win this seat for the Democrats. Come for all or part of the time. Want to learn how to write postcards from home or start your own group? Email Kathy. More info here.

Wed., Feb. 19, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Democratic Presidential Debate Watch Party at Blis
747 Hanami Lane NE, BI
Come to Blis and watch the second February presidential debate. Light snacks provided, and great company! More info here.


Find more events (especially Seattle and Tacoma events) at our web site's Event Calendar and Facebook pages.
 
Feb. 21 to Feb. 27
Fri., Feb. 21, 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Voices of the Majority: Debate Watch Party

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

Write postcards to voters and send faxes to legislators. More info here.

Sun., Feb. 23, 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Day of Remembrance, Day of Action
Northwest Detention Center, Tacoma
Join Tsuru for Solidarity, La Resistencia, Densho, and Seattle JACL for Day of Remembrance, Day of Action at Northwest Detention Center to commemorate the 78th anniversary of the Executive Order that incarcerated 126,000 citizens and immigrants of Japanese descent during WWII. Today, thousands of immigrants and refugees are confined in similar concentration camps. They are subjected to inhumane conditions, family separations, threats of deportation, and countless indignities. More info here.

Mon., Feb. 24, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Rock the Vote!
Scrappy Art Lab, 123 Bjune Dr SE Unit 109, BI (Next to Cups)
Paint rocks that will be spread around Winslow to remind people to vote. Use rock painting as a springboard for teaching kids about democracy and why it is so important to vote. There will be snacks, wine - and great company!  $5 suggested donation for supplies. Please bring a friend and spread the word! More info here and here.

Tues., Feb. 25, 1:45 pm to 4:00 pm (to be confirmed)
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., Feb. 25, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Kitchen Table Activists

Upstairs meeting room, Sterling Building (Umpqua Bank) corner 305 & Winslow Way, BI

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.

Tues., Feb. 25, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Democratic Presidential Debate
This is the third presidential debate this month.

Wed., Feb. 26, 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 or the primary for CD-10 in California. Come for all or part of the time. Want to learn how to write postcards from home or start your own group? Email Kathy. More info here.

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

 
Feb. 28 and beyond
Fri., Feb. 28 to Mar. 2
PLC 2020 To Highlight GZ Roots, Solidarity With Climate Activists

Pilgrim Firs Camp & Conference Center, 3318 Lake Flora Rd, Port Orchard
The 2020 Pacific Life Community (PLC) retreat will offer nuclear resisters the opportunity to network with Washington state-based grassroots climate change activists, explore PLC’s deep roots with the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action, and participate in a group action at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor affirming the Community’s desire for a nuclear weapons-free future. More info here.

Fri., Feb. 28, 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Voices of the Majority: Meet Rebecca Parson & Tarra Simmons

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

Meet Rebecca Parson, running in the primary to represent us in Congress, and Tarra Simmons, running to represent us in the Washington state legislature, replacing Sherry Appleton, who has endorsed Tarra. Write postcards to voters and send faxes to legislators. More info here.

Sat., Mar. 7, 6:30 pm to 9:30 p.m.
Kitsap Democrats Dinner and Auction
Olympic College Bremerton
More info here.

Sun., 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.

Tues., Mar. 10, 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.


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. Contact Rep. Derek Kilmer and thank him for co-sponsoring H.R.5221, the 100% Clean Economy Act of 2019. Contact our senators and tell them to co-sponsor the Senate version, which was introduced Feb. 11, and does not have a number yet. (Thirty-two Democratic senators are co-sponsors, so our senators may already be on board.) The bill would empower the Environmental Protection Agency to set a national goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by no later than 2050. Read about the bill here. The bill is endorsed by the Union of Concerned Scientists and many other environmental groups.
  2. Contact our members of Congress and tell them to refuse to work on the "president's" proposed $4.8 trillion budget. His fiscal 2021 budget, includes cuts aimed at the part of Social Security program that provides benefits to about 8.5 million disabled workers. Read about that here. It also lowers reimbursement rates to providers and claims to root out waste or fraud. It also includes two big changes to Medicare: make it easier for older Americans to opt out of Medicare and would allow recipients to put money in tax-advantaged accounts earmarked for health-care costs. Read about those changes here. His administration has already proposed rules to make it harder to get Social Security disability benefits and has already reduced future Social Security benefits by using chained CPI to calculate cost of living increases. His proposed budget cuts Medicaid and education funding and another whopping increase for the Defense Department. For an overview, watch the PBS News Hour video.
  3. Contact Rep. Kilmer and tell him to investigate the awarding of $1 million in anti-human trafficking grants to two unqualified groups, Hookers for Jesus in Nevada and the Lincoln Tubman Foundation in South Carolina. At the same time, grants to two established nonprofits with proven track records were denied. The awarded grants triggered a “whistleblower complaint filed by the Justice Department’s employee union to the department’s Inspector General.” Read about it here.
  4. Call our members of Congress and tell them to protect Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson. Atkinson was legally required to forward the whistleblower to Congress and was just doing his job. Read about it here. Now Devin Nunes is threatening Atkinson, too. Read about that here.
  5. Contact our members of Congress and tell them to investigate Attorney General William Barr’s interference in the sentencing of Trump/Nixon crony Roger Stone. The "president" is now threatening the rule of law on which our democracy rests. Read about it here.
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