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PORT TOWNSEND INDIVISIBLE HUDDLE MEETING

Tuesday, September 10, 2019
5p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Unity Center, 3918 San Juan Ave., Port Townsend

For upcoming events, check out our website: https://ptindivisiblehuddle.org/

Please send newsletter information to:
deborahksteele@gmail.com AND olivesandredwine@gmail.com
 POSTCARD PARTY!!
Join us on September 1
Pippa's Real Tea at 636 Water Street - 3 to 4:30
postcards, sample text, addresses, stamps, and good company provided
Democratic Presidential Primary Debates
are September 12 & 13. Debate viewing parties at local venues. Time and places

To Be Announced
INDIVISIBLE TEAM LEADERS
!!!

PLEASE SEND NEWSLETTER INFORMATION FOR THE OCTOBER NEWSLETTER BY FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 20, TO: olivesandredwine@gmail.com
include meeting dates, time, place and contacts


FOR TIME SENSITIVE EMAIL BLASTS OR NEWSLETTER CHANGES AND CORRECTIONS TO: deborahksteele@gmail.com
Environmental Team
 

Mission:  We focus on national, regional and local environmental issues, advocating for change in Trump's environmental policies. We do this through education of the public and political activism.

ACTION ITEM:

The Trans Mountain pipeline project has less than a month to renew its insurance in order to proceed with its controversial tar sands pipeline and tanker project. Insurance giant Zurich, Trans Mountain’s primary liability insurer, recently announced a policy to no longer underwrite tar sands pipelines. But the company is still refusing to apply this policy when it comes to Trans Mountain.

Take action now: Call on Zurich to drop the Trans Mountain Pipeline!

https://wagreen.p2a.co/FSlZxBQ
 
JOIN – SEPTEMBER 20-27!  GLOBAL CLIMATE STRIKE!  This September, millions of people will walk out of schools, workplaces and homes to join young climate strikers on the streets and demand an end to the age of fossil fuels. Mark your calendars and plan a week of activism!
 
Young people around the world have organized massive global climate school strikes inspired by 16-year old Swedish student Greta Thunberg’s leadership. This past March, a record-breaking 1.4 million young people marched for a healthier Climate Change future.  Now the youth climate movement is asking adults around the world to stand in solidarity with their upcoming Global Climate Walkout on September 20th.  This event is shaping up to be the largest climate mobilization in history – at least three million people around the world are expected to take to the streets to call for climate justice.
Please signup:  Washington Climate Week; Global Climate Strike 20-27 Sept.; UN – (
http://www.un.org/en)
 
Indivisible and Port Townsend residents will have many opportunities to support our local high schools with their direct activism.   PT Environmental Team will be sharing information on how we can help here in Jefferson County.  Watch for upcoming information!
 
Mark your calendar:  WALK TO PROTECT AND RESTORE THE SALISH SEA,
September 20-24.  Join Protectors of the Salish Sea and grassroots partner in an Indigenous-led walk from Puyallup land to Nisqually village site of St,chas  (Washington State Capitol) asking the State of Washington to officially declare a Climate emergency, and for our legislators to draft Emergency Legislation to terminate all current fossil fuel expansion projects such as Tacoma LNG, Kalama Methanol, Puget Sound Pipeline (tar sands oil), Snohomish Country Bilateral Pipeline…the walk will culminate in a Climate Emergency Gathering at the State Capitol on September 24th.  Local Environmental groups will organize carpools to Olympia on the final day of the walk, September 24th in Olympia!  Contact Cherri Mann for information and carpooling.  For more information: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/26528294603/?ti=cl
 
NEXT PT INDIVISIBLE ENVIROMENTAL TEAM MEETING:  Kickoff Potluck on Tuesday,
  September 17th  at 4:00 at the home of Debbi Steele’s in PT.  PLEASE ATTEND TO GET THE LATEST INFORMATION for the GLOBAL CLIMATE WALKOUT IN PT!   For information and RSVP, contact Cherri Mann at cherrimann@aol.com; or Marilyn Friedrich at marilyninpt@msn.com
RIP to our relations: J17 Princess Angeline, matriarch of J-pod and mother of J35 Tahlequah, who lost her baby last year, and J53 Kiki. This is going to be very hard on J-pod. Evidently Angeline passed her young baby on to her sister to care for before she passed. Also presumed gone are K25 Scoter and L84 Nyssa.


 
Warriors for Healthcare and Reproductive Justice
 
We will begin meeting regularly again on Sept. 5th, but we have been busy this summer planning projects that help the public understand what's at stake in the reproductive health issue -- the potential loss of the Roe v Wade decision through Supreme Court action. Here in WA state, we have been guaranteed the right to choose since 1970, and the "right to choose" has been codified in our state constitution. But that right, passed by ballot by the WA state electorate, could be at risk. 
 
MISSION:
We track and influence healthcare and reproductive justice legislation to insure that every person has access to the full range of medical care they need to live a productive and satisfying life. We strongly resist any effort at the local, state or national level to deny or restrict healthcare access or choices.

Warriors for Reproductive Justice will meet again 
Sept. 5th, 4 - 5:30, at the Jefferson County Library.
Jefferson County Immigrant Rights Advocates (JCIRA)
 
Our mission is to support the rights of immigrants through legal services, standing witness, advocacy and community education.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS Sunday, September 1, 3 - 4:30 PM. Postcard Writing at Pippa's Teas, Water Street. We want to write about migrant children in camps beyond the legal limit, expedited removal and threats to immigrants who use Food Stamps or subsidized housing. Postcards, stamps, pens, sample messages and addresses provided. Join us!
 
Monday, LABOR DAY, September 2, 9:30 – 11 AM, YOGA BENEFIT for JCIRA.  Come do Yoga with Terry Wagner. All levels are welcome. For more info, contact Terry at 360-821-8363.  All proceeds go to JCIRA’s work with immigrants.  
 
Tuesday, September 17, 4:30 - 6 PM JCIRA Meeting.  QUUF, San Juan & 24th St.  Newcomers always welcome
 
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT 
HIGHLIGHTS FROM JCIRA'S AUGUST MONTHLY MEETING:
  • Joanne Muruyama presented LIFE BEHIND BARBED WIRE, the moving story of her family's experience in a Japanese-American concentration camp during World War II.  Discussion afterward drew parallels and differences between those camps and the camps being used for detaining migrants at the Souther Border today.
  • Visitors from Forks are interested in starting a JCIRA-like organization there, focusing on developing a Rapid Response Team very soon.
 HOW YOU CAN HELP LOCAL IMMIGRANTS
Add these two phone numbers to your cell phone contact list:
JCIRA Office       360-232-6070
JCIRA Hotline     360-531-2656
 
If you see an ICE or BP officer/van, call the Hotline and give complete information: time, location and what you are observing. Do not interfere with the action. Members of the Rapid Response Team will try to arrive as soon as possible to continue to bear witness, take photos or video, and assist anyone involved in the incident after it is over.  
 
JCIRA'S RAPID RESPONSE TEAM (RRT) IS WORKING TO PROTECT LOCAL IMMIGRANTS
Members of RRT have been meeting and reviewing their training in response to Trump’s July 23 mandate to greatly expand “Expedited Removal” (ER). As of July 23, people anywhere in the country can be stopped by ICE or Border Patrol officers. These officials have been given complete authority to demand proof of citizenship, a visa, and/or proof that someone has been in the US for at least 2 years. They can then take immediate action, acting as on-the-spot judge, jury, and enforcer.  It is unlikely that white people will be questioned but all others must carry documents with them at all times – racial profiling at its worst. JCIRA wants to get the word out to as many immigrants as possible. For more details, or to join the Rapid Response Team, contact Katie at  katiegagefranco@gmail.com, or Jean at jmwalat@gmail.com    
 
HELP AT THE SOUTHERN BORDER
  • Donate to organizations working directly with migrants: Al Otro Lado, Annunciation House, People Helping People and others.
  • Call the US Attorney’s office and demand that they drop the charges against humanitarian volunteers, such as Scott Warren.  Visit
http://forms.nomoredeaths.org/legal-defense-campaign/drop-the-charges
 
 COMMUNITY OUTREACH
  • Volunteers are now distributing JCIRA rack cards (Spanish/English) to schools, restaurants, libraries, social service offices and government agencies.  The rack cards describe JCIRA's legal services and include phone numbers to make appointments for low cost or free consultations.
  • JCIRA Education Group is contacting principals, teachers and guidance counselors at local schools, to share ways to help staff, students and their families when dealing with issues relating to immigrant rights. 
  • The JCIRA Legal Defense and Family Support Fund assists immigrants, detainees and others with legal fees, medical and housing costs, and educational expenses. Please help spread the word. Contact jcirawa@gmail.com for details.https://www.jcira.org
Urge Congress to defund ICE.  
Hold Customs and Border Patrol totally accountable for the conditions responsible for these deaths. 
Contact:  Senator Patty Murray  202-224-2621 
              Senator Maria Cantwell  202-224-3441 
              Representative Derek Kilmer  202-225-5916 
 
Foreign Policy Team
Jefferson County Citizens for Sound Foreign Policy
 
Our team met Aug. 6 and reviewed international hotspots and policy and military issues. Trump is the proverbial bull in the China shop as far as international relations are concerned. We selected several topics to focus our action where we may be able to exert some influence. We will be sending comments to various legislators and cabinet officers. We urge other Indivisible members to contact our representative Derek Kilmer and senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and let them know these issues are of concern.
 
1. Mitch McConnell is blocking votes on important election security bills in the Senate.  Tell him and our senators that we must act now to protect our elections from foreign intervention.  
 
2.. The administration should not tamper with human rights standards (This could be a scheme to inject religion into govt. policy-making.) 
Representative Eliot L. Engel, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and 49 other House members, raised serious concerns about Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's establishment of a Commission on Unalienable Rights, an appointed body seeking to “guide U.S. diplomatic and foreign policy decisions and actions with respect to human rights in international settings.” In a letter to Secretary Pompeo, the lawmakers underscored that the existing State Department Bureau for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor is already charged with these same functions; warned about potential backsliding on critical human rights gains; and requested additional information about the proposed body. 
(Kilmer was one of the 49!)
 
3. The U.S. formally withdrew from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (I.N.F.) Treaty, after determining that Moscow violated the accord by deploying a new form of cruise missile, claims which the Kremlin has denied. The move leaves only one, soon-to-expire, arms control treaty between the U.S. and Russia, raising concerns about the potential for a new arms race. 
The prospect of serious arms escalation and an arms race is a frightening concern we need to express to the Armed Services Committees in both the House and Senate. 
 
4. A follow-up issue were the reports that the administration may attempt to cut billions of dollars from foreign assistance and development monies already appropriated by Congress through the recission process. We are communicating with Engel and our legislators to stop such short-sighted and devastating action.
 
Our next meeting is  Tuesday, September 3 at 4 p.m. at 41 Vista Boulevard.
ELECTIONS COMMITTEE
Mission: We inform Port Townsend Indivisible members of the current electoral issues nationwide and suggest actions that will help defeat the Trump agenda.
 

The 2020 Candidate Pledge.
Make the primary constructive. I’ll respect the other candidates and make the primary election about inspiring voters with my vision for the future.

Rally behind the winner. I’ll support the ultimate Democratic nominee, whomever it is — period. No Monday morning quarterbacking. No third-party threats. Immediately after there’s a nominee, I’ll endorse.


Do the work to beat Trump. I will do everything in my power to make the Democratic Nominee the next President of the United States. As soon as there is a nominee, I will put myself at the disposal of the campaign.

Go to the Indivisible page to take the grassroots pledge!

https://pledge.indivisible.org/?akid=48320.163751.zuYSct&rd=1&source=email_20190429_link2&t=6&utm_medium=link2&utm_source=email

We are excited about our huddle taking over the Indivisible Port Townsend Facebook page! We are working on turning this page back into a community conversation. To that end, we are starting slow and our first step will be monitoring posts and posting everything we possibly can as soon as we see it. The topic remains HOW TO RESIST THE TRUMP AGENDA and we are moving forward with re-opening this conversation.

It's time to submit posts again Indivisible Port Townsend!

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