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PORT TOWNSEND INDIVISIBLE HUDDLE MEETING

Tuesday, July 9, 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 July 7
Pippa's Real Tea at 636 Water Street - 3 to 4:30
postcards, sample text, addresses, stamps, and good company provided
Expect at the Postcard Party to address family separation policy and treatment of children in custody by DHS
If you can't make it, here's an address and some sample text

Kevin McAleenan
Department of Homeland Security
Washington, D.C. 20528
  • I am totally opposed to mass round-ups of families and individuals for detention or deportation without due process. Everyone in the US, regardless of citizenship or national origin, is subject to the Constitution.  
  • Rounding up thousands of people to satisfy political gain is unethical, inhumane and immoral. We need comprehensive immigration reform based on realistic economic goals, stabilization of families and the democratic principles on which this country was founded.
  • I oppose all family separations, whether at the border, in prisons, in jails and in so-called detention centers - which now seem more like concentration camps.
  • The current treatment of children in detention is a horror. Who could have imagined that the US government would set up concentration camps for children and families? I am opposed to current administrative polices of ICE and CBP.  They can - and should - be changed immediately before more children die needlessly.
Democratic Presidential Primary Debates
are June 26 and 27 at 6pm
at several venues, including

The Pourhouse 2231 Washington Street
Port Townsend Community Center 620 Tyler Street, arrive at 5:45
Kala Point Clubhouse for residents and guests, arrive at 5:30
Disco Bay Detour 282332 US-101
Tin Brick 232 Taylor Street
TEAM LEADERS

PLEASE SEND NEWSLETTER INFORMATION FOR THE JUNE NEWSLETTER BY FRIDAY JULY 19, 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:  The Environmental Team’s primary focus is Climate Change education, political action, and mitigating our current national emphasis on increasing carbon usage.

ACTION ITEM:
Commenting on the Pebble Mine at Bristol Bay deadline is July 1.  Please take a few minutes and respond! We have been trying to stop the Pebble Limited Partnership, a Canadian Company, from developing a massive (over 8000 acres) open pit mine near the watershed into Bristol Bay, AK.  We have one more chance as the final public comment period for this project, and specifically, the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). After the comment period is closed, the final decision will be made to issue or deny the permit.  

Possible comments might include all, or any, of the following statements:
 
  • Long term risk to the Bristol Bay watershed are unacceptable for short term financial gains; please Deny the permit
  • There is no way to guarantee protection for the world’s greatest wild salmon ecosystem due to contamination from the mine; Deny the permit
  • The DEIS has been rushed for political reasons and does not provide a complete and unbiased assessment; Deny the permit
Here is the link to comment: https://pebbleprojecteis.com/publiccomments/neweiscomment

Other current Environmental Issues:
 
Skagit River Headwaters in the heart of the North Cascades are threatened by a request for a Mining Permit. The mining company, Imperial Metals, who is applying for the permit was responsible for one of the largest mining disasters in the history of Canada in 2014, when the tailings dam failed spilling toxic sludge into salmon streams and tributaries of the Fraser River. If approved, the mining would threaten downstream benefits here in Washington State including North Cascades National Park, wild and scenic river values, clean water, one of the most productive salmon and steelhead rivers and a third of the freshwater input into the Puget Sound. A conservation group, Washington Wild, has been working to coordinate a coalition of more than 110 conservation, recreation and wildlife organizations in both Washington State and British Columbia to raise opposition to the proposed mining in the Canadian headwaters of the iconic Skagit River Watershed. Please join Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan by writing a letter to British Premier John Horgan to stop any further requests to mining in the upper Skagit River Region. A decision will from Canada is forthcoming and your letter requesting denial for the mining application is important to stop this proposal!

Fossil Fuel Exports: Prime Minister Trudeau and his cabinet have announced that Canada will plan the EXPANSION of the Tar Sands production in Alberta, BC. Native Communities in BC are again moving forward with law suits to try to prevent more pipelines and export facilities across BC. This is extremely important to our region – the residents bordering our Salish Sea, San Juan Island communities and all of the Pacific Northwest as the push to export continues to be an environmental fight! Please join our environmental groups as we work with BC environmentalists to stop this expansion! Here in our Pacific Northwest, the Lower Columbia River is the most vulnerable to the threat of fossil fuel expansion. In one 50-mile stretch, there are no fewer than eight active proposals to bring, refine or handle coal, oil, and gas before shipping them to markets elsewhere. The Northwest’s opposition movement to fossil fuels – the Thin Green Line – has turned back dozens of proposals to build infrastructure for shipping dirty energy products. Still, a small number of communities on the Lower Columbia remain targets: Port Westward, OR, Gas-to-Methanol Refinery (Ethanol and Oil); Longview, WA, Coal (Gas-to-Fertilizer); Kalama, WA, Gas-to-Methanol; Portland, OR, Oil. Please watch for additional information about how you can help in stopping these added facilities!

The Environmental Team is taking a short summer break from our meetings. We will not meet in July or August. Meetings resume on September 17, time and place to be announced in the August newsletter

Contact Cherri Mann, cherrimann@aol.com,  for more information.

Climate on Tap – Create a Climate for Change! - Mon July 1st
 Finnriver Farm and Cidery in Chimacum is hosting a monthly series, “Climate on Tap”, to provide information as well as actions you can take to create a climate for change. The series is co-sponsored by Local 20/20 Climate Action and Jefferson County Public Health. The series is free and open to all.  The series will feature discussions facilitated by community climate educators and cover topics relevant to Jefferson County citizens. This will not be a lecture series, but conducted in a book club/discussion format with each session including information to get the conversation started, followed by group discussions that include what locals think and what locals plan to do. Participants will receive a summary of the group discussions and suggested actions to take. Session topic for June 3rd is Carbon offsets, and on July 1st- Shopping for change. For further information email Laura Tucker or call 360-379-4491; 
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Location: Finnriver Farm and Cidery; 124 Center Road, Chimacum
Raging Warriors for Universal Healthcare

A federal court ruled late last week that the dangerous unethical gag rule can go into effect, threatening birth control and other essential health care for 4 million people who obtain care through Title X. It’s time to sound the alarm 🚨. This decision is wrong and we are seeking emergency relief to get it overturned.

Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell have been leaders in the fight to protect access to health care. Call them today and tell them ‘Thank You’ for standing up for Title X!

It’s more important than ever for Congress to step up and protect Title X. The House has done its part — now the Senate must act and protect Title X, which would prevent the Trump-Pence administration from implementing this dangerous, illegal rule.

Thank Senators Murray and Cantwell for their support and ask them to continue to stand up and protect our access to care.

For more info contact LindaMartin78@msn.com

Mission Statement: We are an action-focused group of advocates providing information and leadership to the greater Indivisible community on a broad range of healthcare issues. Our areas of focus: healthcare costs and access to reproductive health, and public health-related issues linked to sexual assaults, intimate partner violence, and gun-related violence. We seek allies and partners across the political spectrum to improve all aspects of healthcare through large and small, state and national, legislative actions.
Life Without Roe v Wade - Part 1
A Community Art Event
July 28th
10 to 4
Tyler St. Plaza (near Better Living Through Coffee)
Everyone welcome to lend a hand and support the women in Georgie, Alabama, Louisiana and Missouri.  We won't go back.  Come be a part of a special event to bring attention to reproductive justice in these difficult times.
Jefferson County Immigrant Rights Advocates (JCIRA)
 
Our mission is to support the rights of immigrants through legal services, standing witness, advocacy and community education.

ACTION ITEM (also available at the Postcard Party) to address family separation policy and treatment of children in custody by DHS. If you can't make it, here's an address and some sample text:
Kevin McAleenan
Department of Homeland Security
Washington, D.C. 20528
  • I am totally opposed to mass round-ups of families and individuals for  detention or deportation without due process.  Everyone in the US, regardless of citizenship or national origin, is subject to the Constitution.  
  • Rounding up thousands of people to satisfy political gain is unethical, inhumane and immoral.  We need comprehensive immigration reform based on realistic economic goals, stabilization of families and the democratic principles on which this country was founded.
  • I oppose all family separations, whether at the border, in prisons, in jails and in so-called detention centers - which now seem more like concentration camps.
  • The current treatment of children in detention is a horror.  Who could have imagined that the US government would set up concentration camps for children and families? I am opposed to current administrative polices of ICE and CBP.  They can - and should - be changed immediately before more children die needlessly.
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  
 
AT LEAST 100 RESIDENTS OF PACIFIC COUNTY DETAINED OR DEPORTED IN LAST TWO YEARS
The Aberdeen/Long Beach area is famous for shellfish growing, cranberry farming and salal gathering - providing jobs for hardworking taxpaying immigrants whose families have lived there for decades and whose children attend public schools.  The detentions have disrupted community life and left many families in financial stress.  You can help.  Visit the website of Pacific County Immigrant Support, the local non-profit group helping to raise money. http://www.pcisupport.org
JCIRA MEETS at    
Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
2333 San Juan Ave. Port Townsend
every third Tuesday 4:30-6pm
Newcomers and friends are always welcome
jcirawa@gmail.com
Office phone 360-232-6070
Hotline phone  360-531-2656
 Lights for Liberty is a coalition of people, many of whom are mothers, dedicated to human rights, and the fundamental principle behind democracy that all human beings have a right to life, liberty and dignity.

Partnering with national, regional and local communities and organizations who believe that these fundamental rights are not negotiable and are willing to protect them, Lights for Liberty (lightsforliberty.org) has organized vigils and demonstrations.

On Friday July 12th, 2019, Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps, will bring thousands of Americans to detention camps across the country, into the streets and into their own front yards, to protest the inhumane conditions faced by refugees.
 
Local events include:
3900 Broadway Ave. Everett 5-7pm
                                 
Olympia State Capitol Building 7-9:30pm
                                 
St. Paul's Church 15 Roy St. Seattle 7-10pm

Northwest Detention Center, Tacoma 7-9:30

Information can be found on their website and each site has a facebook event page
CARPOOL from Port Townsend or Jefferson County: If you intend to go and have room, or need a ride, please contact Debbi Steele deborahksteele@gmail.com or call 805.312.6547
Pride in the Park 2019
Celebrating 50 Years Stonewall

Jefferson County Pride (JCP) a newly formed 501(c)3 is hosting the Pride
celebration again.
Mark your calendars Saturday July 13, 2019 Noon to 5pm Pope Marine Park.
Participants needed
Do you sing or perform then you need to sign up for our
Variety show
Please sign up at:  http://signup.com/go/wdxhxtR
Volunteers needed:
Please sign up at: http://signup.com/go/wdxhxtR
Our ‘Fund a Need’ is a youth center for LGBTQ youth and their allies
We need a safe place for our LGBTQ youth and their allies
to be their authentic selves.

Please send your questions to jeffersoncountypride@gmail.com
Thanks again from your JCP Board of directors.
Watch 'The Investigation: A Search for Truth in Ten Acts'
an historic live play ripped from the pages of the Mueller Report

link below
https://lawworksaction.org/?fbclid=IwAR3y1aJBxWVj9Eg27O9gwByfL_P1Uw8pWBPngW716rnJO1aig3CgrDTJNKo
Foreign Policy Team
Jefferson County Citizens for Sound Foreign Policy
 
The Global Fragility Act:  has passed the House and gone onto the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. This bill directs the Department of State to to establish the interagency Global Fragility Initiative to stabilize conflict affected areas and prevent violence globally and establish funds to support such efforts.Thank you Chairman Eliot Engel.

House Resolution 372:
passed out of Engel's committee May 22 for consideration by the full House. House Resolution 372 calls on Turkey to cancel delivery of a Russian weapons system, was unanimously passed by the House June 10!  We will send thank yous and support emails to our own lawmakers and others.

SAUDI ARABIA & YEMEN: Opposition from Democrats and Republicans to Trump administration's secret arms sales to the Saudis using emergency powers is building in the Senate and the House Foreign Affairs Committee has also announced they are preparing legislation to block these sales. We will support these efforts as they are introduced.

Mueller Investigation & statement: On June 10 the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing titled “Lessons from the Mueller Report.” Chairman Nadler said this was to be the first of a series. This could be important to watch. Former Nixon attorney John Dean was one of four witnesses. (Note afterwards: It was informative for those who haven't been reading or following details of the Mueller report. Not unexpectedly it was pretty partisan with a lot of Republican represention grandstanding and calling rather for investigation of the origin of the investigation.)

The next quarterly team leader meeting will take place at 41 Vista Blvd, PT at 3-4:30 PM on Monday, 2 July 2019. Please submit suggestions for agenda items in advance. Contact Gina McMather gmcmather@gmail.com
ELECTIONS COMMITTEE
 
please contact Cheryl Bentley at (360) 344-2512 or cbentley@cruzio.com 

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!

  If you want to be a part of the group, go to Indivisible Port Townsend and ask to be a member.
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