Weekly Actions – Week 17

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Urgent Actions

Nothing particularly urgent this week.

General Actions

General Information
  • Russia:
    • In February, Trump apparently asked FBI Director James Comey to stop investigating Flynn
      • Comey has notes of the conversation – a common practice for the FBI Director
      • Comey has been invited to testify by multiple ongoing investigations
    • Trump recently fired FBI Director James Comey – to keep him from disclosing his Russia ties?
      • Statements from Trump and the White House are conflicting
      • Trump indicated he had the Russia investigation “on his mind” when he fired Comey
    • The next day, Trump met with Russians in the Oval Office…
      • …and inappropriately revealed classified information
      • Evidence is thin, but this could be a violation of the Espionage Act
    • Representatives Jayapal and Raskin have introduced the Trump Transparency Package
  • Ready to write some letters?
    • Representative Adam Kinzinger, a republican who wants an independent Russia investigation:
      • Script:  Thank you for supporting an independent Trump Russia investigation
      • Rep Adam Kinzinger, 2245 Rayburn HOB Washington, DC 20515
    • Representatives Eric Swalwell and Elijah Cummings, who co-authored the bill calling for an independent commission to study Trump Russia:
      • Script:  Thank you for introducing legislation calling for an independent commission to study Trump Russia
      • Rep Eric Swalwell, 129 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
      • Rep Elijah Cummings, 2163 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515
    • Representative Walter Jones – who voted with Democrats to allow a vote for an independent commission to study Trump Russia:
      • Script:  Thank you for voting to allow an Independent Trump Russia Commission
      • Rep Walter Jones, 2333 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515
    • Representative Justin Amash, who co-sponsored the independent commission to study Trump Russia, then voted against allowing a vote on the bill he co-sponsored:
      • Script:  Shameful – to co-sponsor legislation for an independent commission to study Trump Russia, then voting to block a vote on the legislation you co-sponsored.
      • Rep Justin Amash, 114 Cannon HOB, Washington, DC 20515
    • Representative Jason Chaffetz, who now appears to be fully supporting the Trump Russia investigation:
      • Script:  Thank you for your dedication to aiding the Trump Russia inquiry
      • Rep Jason Chaffetz, 2236 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515
    • Representative Pramila Jayapal and Jamie Raskin, for the Trump Transparency Package
      • Script:  Thank you for your leadership introducing the Trump Transparency legislation
      • Rep Pramila Jayapal, 319 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
      • Rep Jamie Raskin, 431 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
    • Your Members of Congress, to prosecute Trump for Espionage Act violations:
      • Script:  I expect you to demand Trump be investigated for violation of the Espionage Act by releasing highly classified information to Russians in the Oval Office.
      • Senator Patty Murray, 154 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510
      • Senator Maria Cantwell, 511 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
      • Rep Pramila Jayapal, 319 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
  • Petitions?  Oh yeah!
Vashon-Activism (get local – join a team)
  • Carbon Free PSE Vashon, formerly Coal Free PSE, is ramping up our campaign.
    • Want to pay for carbon based electricity for the next 40+ years?  I didn’t think so!  Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to move PSE directly to renewable energy as they shut down their four coal fired power plants.
    • Interested?  Email Kevin Jones at kevinjonvash@gmail.com

Praise

  • Write – Assistant Attorney General Rob Rosenstein, for appointing a Special Council on Trump / Russia:
    • Script:  Thank you for taking a stand to protect our Democracy through your appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
    • Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, U.S. DOJ, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20530-0001

Election Actions

Electoral College Repeal
  • No actions this week
Instant Runoff  Voting
  • No actions this week
Return US House and Senate to Democratic Control
  • No actions this week

Climate & Environment Actions

The Environment
  • No actions this week
Climate Change

Civil Rights Actions

Anti-Hate Actions
  • No actions this week
Criminal Justice Reform
  • No actions this week
Immigrations/Citizenship
Preserving Democracy & Justice
  • Write – for more honesty in government:
    • Representative Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) claimed that Trump was being paid by Putin.  Now that is “just a joke”.
    • Source:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mccarthy-trump-putin-pays_us_591cc97ce4b03b485cae64c2
    • Script:  Representative McCarthy.  It is shameful you now use the “just a joke” excuse to pardon your “swear to God” assertion that Putin pays Trump.  You are aligning with Trump’s “just banter” excuse about pressuring Comey to drop the Flynn investigation.   Quit lying.
    • Write to:  Rep Kevin McCarthy, 2421 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515
  • Petition – oppose the “voter fraud” commission:
  • Write – The Federal Communications Commission to promote healthy and diverse US media:
    • Background:  Sinclair Broadcast Group recently agreed to purchase Tribune Media, a merger that would put Sinclair in front of more than 70 percent of households at a time when most Americans still get their news from local stations.  All media consolidation is dangerous, but this deal should be opposed because Sinclair has a long record of biased, conservative editorial decisions.  Seattle’s KOMO TV and Radio is already owned by Sinclair.  The article below outlines the biased journalism that Sinclair ownership brings.
    • Source:  https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/05/12/business/media/sinclair-broadcast-komo-conservative-media.html
    • Script:  Do not approve Sinclair Broadcast Group acquisition of Tribune Media
    • Write to:  FCC, 445 12th St SW, Washington, DC 20554
    • Petition:  https://act.credoaction.com/sign/stop_sinclair_tribune
Racial Justice & Black Lives Matter
  • These three issues, the first two being current initiatives from US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, conspire to disenfranchise people of color by incarceration, leading to economic injustice, and loss of voting rights:
    • Resurgence of mandatory minimum sentencing (Jeff Sessions initiative)
    • Law enforcement emphasis on drug crimes (vice violent crimes, etc)
    • Removal of voting privilege from felons
    • Sound bad?  Want to bring attention to this issue?  
  • Write your Members of Congress to:
    • Oppose mandatory minimum sentencing,
    • Demand law enforcement focus on violent and major crimes as opposed to victimless drug crimes and
    • Restore voting privilege to felons after their sentences have been served.
    • Senator Patty Murray, 154 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510
    • Senator Maria Cantwell, 511 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
    • Rep Pramila Jayapal, 319 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
    • Write local law enforcement to:
    • Script:  Despite directives from US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, I strongly request you focus on violent and major crimes as opposed to victimless drug crimes.
    • Sheriff John Urquhart, 516 Third Avenue, Room W-150, Seattle, WA 98104
    • Kathleen O’Toole, PO Box 34986, Seattle, WA 98124-4986
  • Of course, there are also petitions:
Women’s Rights
  • No actions this week
LGBTQ Rights
  • No actions this week

Healthcare Actions

  • Write – share your healthcare story with Indivisible Kirkland Kenmore to create a Virtual Rally to Save Healthcaredue May 27:
    • This is an online space where people from all of Washington can submit their healthcare stories and comments.  We will then compile a substantial collection and hand-deliver it to our elected officials, starting with Senators Murray and Cantwell.  We want this collection to be overwhelming, but also personal.  Our goal is to combine the power of a huge group of people turning out to support a cause, with the emotion of a personal and heartfelt story.
      With Trumpcare having made it out of the House, we need to move quickly and deliver our stories to our Senators within the next couple of weeks.  We would love for your group to be part of this event – we’ll want to have a number of people present, as well as foster some media attention in advance.  We will draft a cover letter to go with the stories and would appreciate your input on that, as well as your willingness to sign it.  And, of course, the most important way to be involved is to help us get as many people as possible to contribute – and as soon as possible.  The stories themselves have power, but we are also hoping that the sense of community across the state will be unifying and persuasive. 
    • A full explanation, as well as the form for submitting stories can be found at our website:  http://www.indivisiblekirklandkenmore.com/virtual-rally-to-save-healthcare/.
  • Petition – to Congress:  support Improving Access to Affordable Prescription Drugs Act to lower prescription medication costs:

Financial Actions

Economy/Income Inequality
  • No actions this week
Get Big Money Out of Politics
  • No actions this week

Gun Safety Actions

Education Actions

  • No actions this week

Foreign Policy/Defense Actions

  • No actions this week

Miscellaneous Actions

  • No actions this week

Photo of the Week

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Contact Elected Officials

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Regarding petitions:  To amplify your voice on any petition, contact by phone or email the person the petition is intended for.  Phone calls have more impact than emails.

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Nick Bohall

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