Weekly Actions: Week 25

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Urgent Actions

Healthcare is still the top priority, despite the Donald Jr Russia eye candy!  By delaying the start of the August recess, Mitch McConnell has given himself two additional weeks to get TrumpCare through the Senate – jump –here– to take action.  Everything you do to oppose TrumpCare matters.

General Actions

General Information
  • Last chance to help Preserve Net Neutrality – comments due July 17.  Maria Cantwell raised this issue during her Town Halls.   Why?
    • Removal of Net Neutrality rules mean you would have to pay for faster internet access
    • Poorer Americans become disadvantaged users
    • Schools lose out, students suffer
    • Write:
      • Script:  Comment on Proceeding 17-108:  The internet should allow equal access to all.  Net Neutrality rules should stay under Title II.  I insist you protect net neutrality.
      • Address:  FCC, 445 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20554
    • Submit a Net Neutrality comment to the FCC with this easy to use website:
    • Copy this text into the letter on the website if you like:
      • Comment on Proceeding 17-108:
      • The internet should allow equal access to all – not just the wealthy or privileged. Equal access promotes educational and economic justice and unbiased access to information that is not influenced by the financial capacity of the information provider. Net Neutrality rules should stay under Title II, not revert to the laxer standards of Title I. I insist you protect net neutrality.
  • Petition:
  • Quotable:  CNNs Jake Tapper – “If these contacts and conversations with Russians were so innocent, as is being claimed, the obvious question, why so many lies about them?”
  • Sub-title of the week:  Regarding the latest Russia Collusion, Frank Bruni, NY Times – “The president’s dim namesake just made things exponentially worse.”
Vashon-Activism (get local – join a team)
  • Want a Democratic controlled Wa State Senate?  Willing to lend some time to make it happen?
  • Help elect Manka Dhingra and take back the Wa State Senate for Democrats in 2017.   Help with canvassing in the 45th district (Redmond area).
    • When: Saturdays and Sundays
    • Time: 10 am and 1 pm
    • Location: 8151 164th Ave NE, Redmond WA 98052 (signs posted in front – we share the building with a Japanese language school)
    • Schedule:
      • 20 minute training on campaign messaging and canvassing techniques
      • 10 minute Q+A period
      • 2 – 2.5 hour canvassing period (subject to group availability)
    • More info – contact:  

Praise

  • You – for speaking up about the Senate version of TrumpCare!
    • The fight is not over, but Mitch McConnell delaying the start of the August recess is a major admission of Republican failure to implement the damage they want to inflict on the American Health Care system.
    • Thank You for raising your voices!
  • Write – Governor Jay Inslee for his veto corporate tax breaks in the budget:
  • Write – to US Representative Brad Sherman – for introducing Articles of Impeachment against President Trump:
    • Script:  Thanks for your leadership introducing Articles of Impeachment against President Donald Trump.
    • Address:  Representative Brad Sherman, 2181 Rayburn HOB, Washington DC  20515
    • Or post supporting comments to Representative Sherman’s Facebook page:
    • https://www.facebook.com/CongressmanBradSherman/

Election Actions

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

The Environment
  • Call or Write your Senators – Help stop Mitch McConnell’s “secret, dirty energy bill”:
    • The bill, the Energy and Natural Resources Act of 2017 (S.1460), would put fossil fuel expansion on a fast track, locking in decades of dirty energy and undermining the clean energy transition we need. The bill takes us in exactly the wrong direction at a time when we must urgently transition to the low-carbon economy.
    • Script:  As a constituent, I urge the Senator to oppose Senate Bill 1460, the Dirty Energy Bill that would keep us addicted to fossil fuels.
      • Patty Murray: 154 Russell SOB, Washington, D.C. 20510, 202-224-2621
      • Maria Cantwell: 511 Hart SOB, Washington, DC 20510, 202-224-3441
  • Petition:  
  • Help stop the world’s largest open pit mine from being built in the salmon rich drainage of Bristol Bay.  Maria Cantwell raised this issue during her Town Halls.   Why?
    • Bristol Bay is the source of the most productive Washington State fishery
    • Thousands of jobs will be lost if this fishery is ruined
    • If built, the Pebble mine would be the largest open pit mine in North America
    • Silt and waste from mining operations will threaten the downstream Bristol Bay fishery
    • Write:
      • Script:  Approval for the Pebble mine, combined with reversal of protections that once prevented mining debris from entering our clean waterways, is a danger to our fisheries and our environment.  The Bristol Bay fishery, a strong economic resource, would be threatened by this mine.  I strongly ask you reverse approval of the Pebble Mine.
      • Address:  Scott Pruitt, EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20460
  • Petitions:  
Climate Change
  • Write – Wa State elected officials – don’t override Gov Inslee’s veto of corporate tax breaks:
    • Source:  https://www.seattleindivisible.com/daily-actions/
      • Script:  Please do not override Governor Inslee’s veto of the B&O and TransAlta coal plant corporate tax cuts in SB5977.
    • Addresses:
      • Rep Eileen Cody, JLOB 303, PO Box 40600, Olympia, WA, 98504-0600
      • Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, JLOB 305, PO Box 40600, Olympia, WA, 98504-0600
      • Senator Sharon Nelson, 316 Legislative Building, Olympia, WA 98504-0434
  • Why do we care?  Giant iceberg calves off the Antarctic Larsen C Ice Shelf
  • Good Climate Change news!  
    • A bill extending incentives that make solar more affordable was signed by Gov. Inslee, encouraging installers who say the incentives are key to selling the technology.

Civil Rights Actions

Anti-Hate Actions
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Criminal Justice Reform
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Immigrations/Citizenship
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Preserving Democracy & Justice
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Racial Justice & Black Lives Matter
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Women’s Rights
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LGBTQ Rights
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Healthcare Actions

  • Another crucially important week for American Health Care – can you help?
    • Tell your Health Care story – Our senators use your stories to protect health care:
    • http://wadems.ngpvanhost.com/form/-73885622786324736
    • Why should we oppose this Republican bill?
    • As if 23 Million people losing health care coverage wasn’t bad enough:  A study released Tuesday by two bipartisan groups estimated that the country’s poorest families would lose more than $2,500 in average annual health care benefits once the GOP legislation was fully phased in. Families making more than $1 million a year would get tax cuts averaging about $50,000, according to the analysis by the Health Policy Center and the Tax Policy Center.
  • What to do this week:
    • Write or call – to preserve Planned Parenthood funding:
      • Script:  You are right to oppose the BCRA elimination of Planned Parenthood funding.  Women should not be shortchanged when it comes to health care.  Family planning leads to healthy families and economic stability.  Please oppose the BCRA.
      • Senator Lisa Murkowski, 522 Hart SOB, Washington DC, 20510, 202-224-6665
      • Senator Susan Collins, 413 Dirksen SOB, Washington DC, 20510, 202-224-2523
    • Write or call – to preserve access to opioid treatment:
      • Script:  Adding BCRA opioid treatment funds will not help the millions thrown off Medicaid by deep funding cuts to that program.  No Medicaid coverage bars access to doctors, no matter how much opioid treatment money is available.  Please oppose the BCRA.
      • Senator Lisa Murkowski, 522 Hart SOB, Washington DC, 20510, 202-224-6665
      • Senator Shelly Moore Capito, 172 Russell SOB, Washington DC, 20510, 202-224-6472
      • Senator Rob Portman, 448 Russell SOB, Washington DC, 20510, 202-224-3353
    • Call our senators – every day – they log the call numbers and it helps:
      • Script:  Please ask the senator to oppose the Better Care Reconciliation Act.  Please log and report this call.  I am a constituent from zip code xxxxx.
      • Patty Murray: WDC – 202-224-2621, Seattle – 206-553-5545, Tacoma – 253-572-3636, Everett – 425-259-6515
      • Maria Cantwell: WDC – 202-224-3441, Seattle – 206-220-6400, Tacoma – 253-572-2281, Everett – 425-303-0114

Financial Actions

Economy/Income Inequality
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Get Big Money Out of Politics
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Gun Safety Actions

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Education Actions

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Foreign Policy/Defense Actions

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Miscellaneous Actions

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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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