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Indivisible Bainbridge Island (IBI) Newsletter

May 22, 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.

Last week, Indivisible Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap Indivisible (BINKI) hosted a Zoom meeting with Indivisible's West Coast Organizing Manager. Replay the meeting here. The password is 
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This week there are plenty of Zoom meetings of interest, such as an Indigenous Land and Water Protectors webinar, a preview of "Slay the Dragon" and a full showing of "Slay the Dragon," a documentary examining the Republican 2010 Red Map project that gerrymandered states like Wisconsin into (they hoped) perpetual Republican party control and how to beat it.

Why we resist
This week, the current "president" threatened to withhold federal funds from Michigan because that state mailed mail-in ballot applications to its voters. Of course, he got it wrong, tweeting that Michigan mailed actual ballots to its voters. He also similarly threatened Nevada.  

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

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.




165 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, 74 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 5/22, Kitsap County had 161 confirmed cases (four more than last week) and 2 deaths (same as last week).
    • As of 5/22, Washington state had 19,117 confirmed cases, 1,344 more than last week, and 1,044 deaths, 61 more than last week.
  • Nationally as of 5/22 (Source: Johns Hopkins/NBC News)
    • 1,599,648 confirmed diagnoses, an increase of 160,082 since last week.
    • 95,822 deaths, an increase of 8,357 since last week.
Find all the Covid-19 resources and Ways to Help from past newsletters here.
 
Humor, please
From Tom Toles:
In Case You Missed It
  • Jane Roe of (Roe v. Wade) only pretended to have become an anti-abortion activist. In the mid-1990s, Roe made a public religious and political conversion. She was baptized on television in a backyard swimming pool and declared herself newly pro-life. She spent the next two decades crusading against the ruling her own case had made possible. In a documentary filmed shortly before her death, she says she was paid by anti-abortion activists to claim herself to be pro-life. “I took their money and they put me out in front of the camera and told me what to say, and that’s what I’d say,” she told Nick Sweeney, whose documentary "AKA Jane Roe," can be seen on the FX channel starting today. Read about the documentary here.
  • The current "president" says he's going to stop taking hydroxychloroquine "in a day or two." Did he ever?
  • On May 15, Idaho Freedom Action, the political arm of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, posted the names addresses and political affiliations of every Idahoan who requested a mail-in ballot for the upcoming primary. The primary, held May 19, is an all-mail-in ballot, but voters had to request a ballot. Evidently publishing this information is legal in Idaho. Read about here
  • Washington Republican state Rep. Matt Shea (R-Spokane Valley) is not seeking reelection after an investigation found he “engaged in domestic terrorism.” The "domestic terrorism" doesn't include the pouring of olive oil on the steps of the state capitol in Olympia for which Shea was billed $4,700. Read about it here.
  • Nurses and other healthcare workers still don't have the PPE they need. A poll of 278 healthcare workers taken from April 27 to May 4 by Emily Guskin of The Washington Post found that 66% of were short on N95 respirator masks, 42% were short of surgical masks and 36% were short on hand sanitizer and medical gowns. Read about the shortage in Minneapolis as of 5/19 here.
  • Yakima county now has nearly half the new cases in the state, more than 1,000 cases per 100,000 residents, in no small part because of decisions like this from our state, that says its ok for migrant farm workers to bunk in groups of 15. Read about it here.
  • A gaggle of "Proud Boys" demonstrated against Gov. Inslee's stay-at-home orders at Gov. Inslee's house on Bainbridge Island on May 16. Video here.
Colorado Senate Race Update

The past couple of newsletters, we've taken a look at the flippable senate races in Kentucky, Maine and Montana, as well as Michigan, where Democratic Senator Gary Peters is only rated "Lean Democratic"). We also took a look at what's happening in Wisconsin, which does not have a U.S. senator up for re-election this year.

Now, here's all about Colorado.

In 2020, first term Republican Senator, Cory Gardner, is up for re-election. Gardner narrowly defeated Democratic incumbent Mark Udall in the 2014 Senate race. According to the Denver Post, as of January 16, 37% of Coloradans polled approve of Gardner, while 40% disapprove. These numbers did not change during Trump's impeachment trial.

Trump lost Colorado by five points in 2016. Originally rated as a toss-up state, Colorado is now rated as tilt or lean Democratic by several of the key rating organizations.

Colorado has a semi-closed primary, meaning that only registered party members and unaffiliated voters may participate in a party's primary. Voters registered with other political parties cannot participate.

Twenty-one people filed to be on the Democratic primary ballot for U.S. senator. Many withdrew after former mayor, governor and presidential candidate, John Hickenlooper, announced his candidacy. Others were disqualified because they did not gather the 10,500 signatures from the public or did not get the 30% approval from participants in the Democratic state convention.

On May 7, the Colorado Secretary of State finalized the names that will be on the ballot in Colorado's Democratic senatorial primary, which is on June 30. They are:

  • John Hickenlooper got 30.3% of the vote at the March 7 precinct caucuses. He did not submit his name at the Colorado Democratic Party assembly held online in early April because he had already secured a place on the ballot by submitting 10,500 voter signatures. Hickenlooper has raised $8,537,779.87 and has $4,880,041.96 cash on hand according to FEC data ending March 2020. He is unpopular with Colorado progressives for making deals with the oil & gas industry to expand fracking in the state.

  • Andrew Romanoff, former Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives, secured his place on the ballot by getting 86% percent of the vote at the online Colorado Democratic Party assembly in early April. Romanoff got 54.5% of the vote at the precinct caucuses held in March versus Hickenlooper’s 30.3%. Romanoff has raised $2,242,844.24 and has $808,187.87 cash on hand according to FEC data ending March 2020. Romanoff supports the Green New Deal and was endorsed by Sunrise last November.

In August of 2019, a poll by Emerson College gave John Hickenlooper a 13-point advantage in a hypothetical match-up against Gardner. I have been unable to find polling data for a Romanoff-Gardner match-up.

On Feb. 20, the nonpartisan election forecaster Sabato’s Crystal Ball shifted its rating of the Colorado U.S. senate race to “leans Democratic” from a “toss-up.” Recent polling has shown that just 37 percent of Colorado voters approve of Gardner, with 48 percent saying they disapprove of him, according to a poll conducted by Global Strategy Group between Jan. 31 and Feb. 4.

On April 6, Roll Call announced they had shifted Colorado from “toss-up” to “tilt Democratic.”

An online survey of 800 registered Colorado voters taken between May 7 and 11 by Global Strategy Group found once again that 37% of voters approve of the job Gardner is doing, which is lower than the 41% of Colorado voters who approve of the job Trump is doing.

The poll found that thirty percent approved of Gardner’s work on coronavirus response. (Gardner “used connections with heads of state in Asia” he developed while chairing a foreign relations subcommittee to secure 2 million N95 masks from Taiwan, of which 1 million went to the federal government and one million were to be divided up among the states. Colorado received 100,000 of the masks, if all went according to plan.)

A May 6 Keating-Onsight-Melanson online poll of likely voters shows Hickenlooper with 54% support to Gardner's 36% in a hypothetical head-to-head contest, with 9% undecided and 1% picking another candidate.

How you can help in Colorado:

Things you can do right now
  • Sign the ASPCA petition in support of the Farm System Reform Act.
  • Send a letter to Gov. Inslee on behalf of the Poor People's Campaign to Stay in Place! Stay Alive! Organize! And Don’t Believe the Lies!
  • Sign MoveOn.org's petition to Congress to stop Trump’s war on independent watchdogs
  • Sign the DailyKos petition to Congrees to ensure care and prevention measures are accessible to all people who are incarcerated
  • Sign Rep. Raul Grijalva's petition for a federal ban on  private ownership of lions, tigers and other big cats.
  • Donate to the StrikeHuelga fund. Agricultural workers in Yakima are in their second week of striking and calling for hazard pay and guarantees of safe working conditions.
  • Please send a quick letter or postcard to Kroger - Customer Relations, 1014 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202-1100, with sample message, "Please continue the bonuses for the grocery workers.  They risk their lives keeping us in groceries and your profits."
  • Read about our state's successes with expanding voting and the work that needs to be done.
  • Read these tips for buying masks online. Make sure you and all family members have their own mask.
  • Sign Sen. Murray's defense of access to safe, legal abortion.
  • Listen to the Hilary Franz Town Hall held last week. Franz is running for re-election at the state's Commissioner of Public Lands.
  • Text “PEOPLE FIRST” to 977-79 to get the latest updates on the relief bill from Indivisible and what’s up next. They want to keep us updated on every move of this process. This is how you can get the latest news on the People’s Agenda and what’s moving through Congress.
  • Watch Rachel Maddow's coverage of the body bag demonstrations organized by Indivisible.
  • Donate to the Bainbridge Island tip jar for local restaurant workers because "Tips are like hugs without all the touching."
  • Read the Bainbridge Island Senior/Community Center newsletter for tons of information on local Zoom gatherings on a variety of topics, such as online karaoke, Spanish, French and German conversation, poetry and yoga. 
Events May 22 through May 28
Fri., May 22, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Voices of the Majority - Not meeting
Bill and Anna recommend:
Sun., May 24, 5:00 pm to 6:30
Zoom Online Preview of Slay the Dragon
Join Common Cause for an activist webinar to reform redistricting, ensure fair maps and END gerrymandering. The webinar features a special 17-minute preview of "Slay The Dragon" followed by a discussion with Katie Fahey, activist and star of “Slay the Dragon, in conversation with Kathay Feng, Common Cause’s National Redistricting Director. RSVP here.

Mon., May 25, 5:00 pm to 6:30
BINKI Zoom meeting - It's Memorial Day, so no meeting!

Tues., May 26, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Kitchen Table Activists
Not meeting this week.
Contact Debbie for updates.


Tues., May 26, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Indivisible Town Hall for LD 10 Candidates  - Part 1
Register for this Zoom event here.
Please join the Washington Indivisible Town Hall team & the Indivisible Flip the 10th Coalition* for the first of two FLIP THE 10th LD town halls. The Washington Indivisible Town Hall team & the Indivisible Flip the 10th Coalition* have teamed up to bring you two exciting events. The first Town Hall will focus on the four candidates running for LD10 House position 1: Angie Homola, Ivan Lewis, Scott McMullen and Suzanne Woodard. The event will be moderated by Stephan Cox, of the Washington State Indivisible Podcast. You must register separately in advance for each Zoom town hall. When you register you’ll have a chance to submit questions in advance. More info here and here.

*Indivisible Whidbey, Snohomish County Indivisible, Indivisible Stanwood/Camano, Indivisible Fidalgo, Indivisible Skagit, Camano Collaborative Indivisible and Indivisible Stanwood.

Tues., May 26, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Folio Election 2020 Series Overview
RSVP for Zoom link, $5/Folio members, $10/non-members

This is the first of of six discussions on the potential outcomes of the election at the national and state level. The first of six events is a discussion about the effects of the pandemic on voter registration and turnout, the importance of making it easier for every voter to participate and the 2020 presidential candidates with David Domke, Director of Fieldwork & Learning at Common Purpose Now and chair of the Department of Communication at the University of Washington.

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, plus there's an appealing campaign in Georgia you'll want to know about. We send a reminder to postcard writers a few days before the event. Not sure if you're on the Postcards on Wednesday email list? Send an email to Kathy.

Thurs., May 28, 2:00 pm 3:30 pm
Indigenous Land & Water Protectors Webinar
RSVP for the Zoom link here.

Join Indigenous leaders from across the region for a discussion about their communities’ fights against fossil fuel export projects including the Coastal Gas Link pipeline, Jordan Cove LNG, Tacoma LNG, and the Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline. Across the Pacific Northwest, Indigenous land & water protectors are fighting back against the threat of oil & gas exports through their traditional lands. From Wet’suwet’en territory to the Klamath River and beyond, these battles to protect communities from the harm of the fossil fuel industry are connected. More info here.

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.

Thurs., May 28, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm - Part 2
Indivisible Town Hall for LD 10 Candidates
Register for this Zoom event here.
Please join the Washington Indivisible Town Hall team & the Indivisible Flip the 10th Coalition* for the second of two FLIP THE 10th LD town halls! This second Town Hall will focus on the LD10 Senate position with candidate Helen Price Johnson and House position 2 with incumbent Rep. Dave Paul, running for re-election. The event will be moderated by Stephan Cox, of the Washington State Indivisible Podcast. You must register separately in advance for each Zoom town hall. When you register you’ll have a chance to submit questions in advance.

*Indivisible Whidbey, Snohomish County Indivisible, Indivisible Stanwood/Camano, Indivisible Fidalgo, Indivisible Skagit, Camano Collaborative Indivisible and Indivisible Stanwood.
Events May 29 through June 4
Fri., May 29, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Voices of the Majority
Not meeting this week?

Mon., June 1, 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) will welcome guests from the Heath Care for All (HCFA-WA) policy team to talk about the significance of bills that passed and those that did not pass in the 2019 WA legislature. Then learn about what the policy team is planning for the next session. We will end with a Q&A so bring your questions. More info here.

Tues., June 2, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Kitchen Table Activists
Nor meeting this week?
Contact Debbie for updates.

Wed., June 3, 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, plus there's an appealing campaign in Georgia you'll want to know about. 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.

Thurs., June 4, 5:00 pm PDT (8:00 pm EDT)
National Indivisible Call
Register for the Zoom link.
Join the June Indivisible National call.

Thurs., June 4, 7:30 pm
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.
 
Future events
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.

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, for Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center in Bremerton. What can we do to help immigrant, who are one of the groups most in peril from this administration and the virus. More info here.

Mon., June 22, 5:00 pm to 6:30
BINKI Zoom meeting - Food Insecurity in Kitsap County
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 local food banks and food insecurity.

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.

Mon., July 6, 5:00 pm to 6:30
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, Sandy Spears, to talk about how to bring zero-waste thinking and practices into your life.
 
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 which today is focusing on worker protection. Use that page to contact Rep. Kilmer and tell him to oppose any legislation that would allow employers to operate in an unsafe way without any legal accountability. People deserve to be safe at work, and we need Congress to protect them in the event that employers don’t honor that basic principle.
  2. Contact Sen. Cantwell and thank her for being in Congress and her May 13 "Yes" vote on Sen. Ron Wyden’s amendment to remove new language added by Mitch McConnell to the renewal of the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020 (aka “The PATRIOT Act”). The Wyden amendment would have removed language Mitch McConnell added to expressly permit the FBI to warrantlessly collect records on Americans’ web browsing and search histories. Senate rules required a vote by 60 senators to pass Wyden’s amendment, but failed with just 59 votes. In a different amendment, McConnell also proposes giving the attorney general visibility into the “accuracy and completeness” of FBI surveillance submissions to the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court.” “McConnell is increasing Barr’s oversight of surveillance on political candidates while expanding surveillance authorities on every other American.” said Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR). Read more about it here and here. Tell our members of Congress to vote "no" on the USA FREEDOM Reauthorization Act of 2020.
  3. Contact our senators and tell them to support Sen. Bob Menendez’ bill to protect Inspectors General for the State Department and other Foreign Affairs agencies from removal and bolster Congress’s ability to review attempts to remove Inspectors General. The senator’s bill would also require that Acting Inspectors General be career officials, not political appointees, and would mandate recusal by agency heads and other senior officials regarding investigations into their own conduct. The Menendez bill was sparked by the firing of Steve Linick, the State Department inspector general, the fourth inspector general to be ousted in the past six weeks. Encourage our members of Congress to protect all inspectors general legislatively. Read more here.
  4. Contact our members of Congress and tell them to support the “Saving Our Street” Act, introduced in the Senate by Sen. Kamala Harris and in the House by Rep. Ayanna Pressley but not yet having a number. Given that the Paycheck Protection Program stupidly allowed publicly-traded companies with as many as 500 (or, if they cheated, more) employees to soak up money allocated to it, the Saving Our Street Act provides $125 billion of funding to mom-and-pop businesses with 20 or fewer employees. Hedge fund and publicly-traded companies are specifically prohibited from receiving SOS grants. Grants are limited to no more than $250,000. The Treasury Department would be in charge of accepting applications and funding qualifying businesses, instead of banks.
  5. Contact Senator Cantwell and thank her for voting "No" on the nomination of the completely unqualified John Ratcliffe as Director of National Security. Sen. Murray did not vote. Ratcliffe was approved by a vote of 49 to 44. Ratcliffe is a former Republican congressman from Texas who secured his re-nomination as DNI after his performance at the impeachment hearings. (That's right. Ratcliffe was nominated last year but the nomination was withdrawn last August.) Read about here.
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