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NEXT MEETING
PT INDIVISIBLE GROUP
JUST BREATHE!

November 13, 2018 5:00 PM
Unity Center - 3918 San Juan Ave.
Port Townsend
 
For upcoming events, see the Indivisible Huddle Calendar:
Click here
Please send newsletter information to:
deborahksteele@gmail.com AND olivesandredwine@gmail.com
 
 POSTCARD PARTY!!
Join us on November 4
Pippa's Real Teas - 3 to 4:30
postcards, sample text, addresses, stamps, and good company provided
 

This will be a special session: Pick up VOTE! Cards to hand out to everyone on Sunday and Monday, or to give to your neighbors. Add a personal note if you wish. Go into every shop and hand them to every young person (18-25) and make sure they have voted or will vote.

Indivisibles --

There are only 12 days left and we want to make sure that you don’t miss out on being a part of the historic blue wave.

Indivisibles and resistance groups rose up and built the blue wave to fight the Trump agenda. We made noise at town halls and defeated TrumpCare. We stood with immigrants to fight for DACA and against family separation. We’ve fought for an America we believe in -- a nation truly of, by, and for the people.

We’ve got to fight with everything we’ve got to protect our democracy, and that means we need you (and everyone you know) to show up from now until the polls close on November 6.

So put on your best walking shoes, pick up your phones, and show up!

12 days left. We can do this.

In solidarity,
The Indivisible Team

We know the public is on our side, and they are angry at Trump & Republicans. But we don't know how many Democrats will show up to vote and help us win seats across the country. 

Vote Forward organizes volunteers to write heartfelt, handwritten “please vote” letters to registered voters in swing states or swing districts who do not have the best track record when it comes to actually voting. However, through careful analysis, Vote Forward knows that if these voters do cast ballots, they are highly likely to vote Democratic. 

You sign up, say how many letters you can write and Vote Forward will assign you some targeted voters. You then print out the letters, write them & place them in an envelope. Near the end of October (in the final week of the election), you will be asked to mail them out. 

It's really just that simple, and it also works. In a test run during the 2017 special election for U.S. Senate in Alabama -- where Democratic U.S. senator Doug Jones won a narrow victory -- a rigorous statistical analysis determined that this get out the vote activity increased turnout by 3%! 


Click here to sign up today to write letters to Democratic voters in swing districts and help increase Democratic turnout through an effective, proven method. 

 
Volunteer to write letters
https://events.mobilizeamerica.io/dailykos/event/46256/?link_id=1&can_id=a8dac55b069801a91200b027c3afd435&source=email-re-firstname-default-friend-handwritten-letters-to-voters-are-shockingly-effective&email_referrer=email_431167&email_subject=re-firstname-default-friend-handwritten-letters-to-voters-are-shockingly-effective
 
IMPORTANT VOTER INFORMATION

Monday, October 29:
Deadline to register as a new Washington State voter in-person. (Save yourself the trip and register online now!)

Tuesday, November 6:
GENERAL ELECTION DAY!

Your ballot must be:

  • Postmarked no later than Election Day; or
  • Returned to a designated ballot drop box (Drop Box Locations: go to myvote.wa.gov) by 8 p.m. on Election Day; or
  • Returned in person to your county elections department by 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Greetings from the PT Indivisible Elections Group ... 
PT Indivisible team —

Elections Group will meet November 12, 5:30-7Pm at Bruce Cowen's house mrbrucecowan@gmail.com

All the local Candidate Forum videos are available on the PTIndivisible website for people who want to see the candidates and hear their stands. 

If you want to help with phone banking, follow this link for information 
https://indivisible.org/phonebank?fbclid=IwAR3sQ78k4oWsgyhKzlsm1gOvRJGn_tty7CCzX8lzyv5TqR7tgBkr6IbIcRk
 
For dates, times, and details about local upcoming candidate forums follow this link:

http://www.ptleader.com/news/upcoming-candidate-forums-in-jefferson-county/article_e97be340-a885-11e7-9ca1-eb123ee1711b.html
 Indivisible Environmental Team
 
Speak out for orcas before Monday deadline

from Chiara Rose 
Pacific Coast Organizer 
Endangered Species Coalition

This weekend could be our last opportunity to prompt the Orca Taskforce to take urgent bold first year actions for their survival.

Please take the Orca Taskforce survey today before the Monday deadline. We only have a few days.

We have supplied a document with our recommendations that you can use to fill out the survey before the Monday deadline.

Please go here to take the survey
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/orcadraftrecommendations?link_id=7&can_id=b1f01104085f9ba0148957a8699d5b47&source=email-re-5-day-comment-period&email_referrer=email_443771___subject_565395&email_subject=speak-out-for-orcas-before-monday-deadline

This survey is our last meaningful chance to have an impact on the Orca Recovery Task Force’s year one recommendations to the Governor. The decisions they make will likely determine whether we are able to recover southern resident orcas from their slide into extinction. Please take the survey today.

 

Several of us are helping with canvassing for Initiative 1631, knocking on doors, helping residents understand the Initiative and encouraging a YES vote. Interested in helping too? contact marilyninpt@msn.com

The Environmental Team meets the third Tuesday of every month and invites the public to attend and learn more about crucial topics and ways to work toward Environmental Justice.

NEXT MEETING:  TUESDAY November 16; Unity Church – 5:00-6:30
 

Raging Warriors for Universal Healthcare

Raging Warriors meets first Thursday of the month 4:00 to 5:30 at the JC Library
Everyone Welcome. For more information email Linda Martin: lindamartin78@msn.com or Shari Stroup: pwr2@gmail.com
 

Because so many of our local families will be affected by Trump policies on Healthcare

#WontBeErased: Transgender People and Allies Mobilize Against Trump Administration Proposal | The Seattle Times
https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/wontbeerased-transgender-people-and-allies-mobilize-against-trump-administration-proposal/  

Did you know...

  • More than 20% of Jefferson County families live below the poverty line?

  • In 2017, Jefferson County Commissioners declared a state of emergency in affordable housing?

  • 55% of students across our school districts qualify for the free or reduced lunch program?


See where you can help by visiting GiveJefferson.org
 

JEFFERSON COUNTY IMMIGRANT RIGHTS ADVOCATES
(JCIRA)
 
FAMILY SEPARATION
WHAT'S NEW - WHAT HASN'T CHANGED  

Family separation takes many forms:

  • It happens at the border as a result of the "zero tolerance" policy.
  • It happens here on the Olympic Peninsula when a father is detained in the Northwest Detention Center for months while his family suffers his absence at home.
  • It happens when a married couple is seized by ICE, the husband sent to the Detention Center in Tacoma and the wife to a Detention Center in California,.  Neither is told where the other one is, and they have no way to communicate with each other.
JCIRA works hard to help in all of the above cases.

Population of children at federal shelters
"Population levels at federally contracted shelters for migrant children have quietly shot up more than fivefold since last summer, according to data obtained by The New York Times, reaching a total of 12,800 this month. (as of Sept. 12).  There were 2,400 such children in custody in May 2017.

The huge increases, which have placed the federal shelter system near capacity, are due not to an influx of children entering the country, but a reduction in the number being released to live with families and other sponsors, the data collected by the Department of Health and Human Services suggests."
Source:  
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/12/us/migrant-children-detention.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage


HOW YOU CAN HELP FAMILIES
 
CONTRIBUTE so they can pay their legal fees.  During October, contribute to GIVE JEFFERSON: https://www.givejefferson.org/
CONTRIBUTE so they can maintain their families, keep their jobs and homes.  All year, contribute to the recently established JCIRA LEGAL DEFENSE AND FAMILY SUPPORT FUND.  Contact Courtney  
thrallc@gmail.com for complete information.
NOMINATE JCIRA to receive Food Coop Beans for Bags Funds.  You can do it online now.
1.  Go to  
https://www.foodcoop.coop/beans-for-bags/#Process
2.  Read the short text and then scroll down further to find the online nomination form.
3.  Fill out the form and submit.
DONATE Chromebooks and laptops you're no longer using. PT Schools have computers for all students in school but many children in immigrant families lack computers at home and can't keep up with homework.  They could use - and truly appreciate - your portable  computers in excellent working condition.  Contact Nancy Zamberlin, ESL teacher, at
nzamberlin@ptschools.org  

 
NORTHWEST DETENTION CENTER
 HOW CAN WE HELP DETAINEES AND THEIR FAMILIES?
 PLEASE JOIN US
 
JCIRA'S next rally and witness event at the NW Detention Center is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, November 10.  We show support for detainees and their families, become inspired by their stories and plan ways to help them. For details about driving and carpooling, contact Cheryl Bentley cbentley@cruzio.com  
OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS

Saturday, Oct. 27, 7-9 pm, Bainbridge Library Conference Room 
"Deported from Kitsap County: An up-close view of the American deportation system".  What happens to the Undocumented in the current U.S. deportation system?  Speakers will present the steps from their capture locally to detention, deportation and attempts to return to their families. FREE.

Saturday, Nov. 10, 1-3 PM - a FREE Public Education Program: Immigration Today:  How are federal immigration rules changes affecting residents and agencies?  In Bremerton at the Norm Dicks Government Center, 345 6th St.  Speakers are Ray Garrido (KIAC), Mitchell Riese (WA State Asst. Attorney General) and Martitha May (Director, Kitsap Mesa Redonda)

Wednesday, Dec. 12 - Our Lady of Guadalupe procession, mass and potluck with a mariachi band.  All JCIRA members and friends are invited.  Details will be posted soon.
 
NEXT JCIRA MEETING    
Tuesday, November 20, 4:30 - 6
Rosewind Commons House
Newcomers and friends always welcome
 
Office phone 360-232-6070
Hotline phone  360-531-2656
Foreign Policy Team
 
The next meeting of the Foreign Policy team will be at 4 PM, Tues, 27 November at 41 Vista Blvd, PT
Trump is publically calling for Mueller or Rosenstein's ouster.  Here are the preplanned responses if he does so:
 
Protest will take place at the triangle across from Food Co-op
 
1. If Mueller or Rosenstein is fired before 2 PM local time, protest begins at 5 PM local time.
 
2. If Mueller or Rosenstein is fired after 2 PM local time, protest begins at noon local time the very next day.
Despair is not a strategy: 15 principles of hope

 https://ptindivisiblehuddle.org/new-blog-1/2018/9/4/despair-is-not-a-strategy-15-principles-of-hope
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