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Weekly Actions: Week 13

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Urgent Actions

  • Vashon Earth Day Celebration, of course!   Stop by the Carbon Free PSE Vashon booth to say hi.
    • Vashon High School, Sunday, April 23, 1PM – 5PM
    • Music, Speakers, Exhibitors, Solar Car Derby, Events for Kids  – Free!
    • Arrive early!  Music starts at 12:45. Speakers start at 1PM.

General Actions

General Information
Vashon-Activism (get local – join a team)
  • Thursday, May 4, Vashon Activism – Now More Than Ever!  Open Space for Arts & Community, 18870 SW 103rd Ave, Vashon, 6 – 9PM
    • If you have not yet found your favorite action oriented group, and feel it’s time to raise your voice, then join us for Vashon Activism – Now More Than Ever!
    • Over fifteen Vashon groups have been invited to this Find Your Lane style event.  From Legislative Action to Building a Progressive Majority to Showing Up for Racial Justice to Climate Change, hear their 90 second statements of what these groups are doing to create positive change.  Then, for the next hour, circulate in the Open Space Community Hall to meet and mingle with these group leaders, get to know what they are accomplishing and how you can participate.
    • Hosted by Indivisible Backbone and open to the entire Vashon-Maury Island community.  Doors open at 6PM to socialize and enjoy light snacks.  Invited group leaders will take the stage at 6:30. Meet and mingle from 7 to 8.  Like what you see?  Stay another hour as group leaders gather their teams and plan their next actions.  
    • Lend your ideas, creativity and support.  Let’s activate Vashon and resist the current administration!  Sign up here:  http://www.backbonecampaign.org/ibb_meet_5_4_2017.

Praise

  • None this week

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
Climate Change
  • Walk for the Salish Sea – Oppose Kinder-Morgan and more oil tankers in the Salish Sea! – Victoria to Burnaby, BC – Sounds inspiring! – May 25 – 28.
    • It’s Time to Walk the Talk on Climate Change, Indigenous Sovereignty, and Local Democracy. Join us May 25-28th to march against fossil fuel development and tanker traffic on unceded Indigenous lands and waters.
    • Vashon will participate.  Want to connect with the leader?  Send a request to me at kevinjonvash@gmail.com .
    • Details:  http://walk4salishsea.ca/
  • Petition – tell the EPA and Trump:  US needs to stay in the Paris Climate Change Agreement:
    • https://secure3.convio.net/lcv/site/Advocacy;jsessionid=00000000.app313b
    • Add these words to the letter if you like:
      • Climate change poses a fundamental threat to our health, our fiscal prosperity and our species.  Departure from this global agreement, and subsequent disregard of the other 195 nations who signed the Agreement, could pose the risk of global financial sanctions on our economy to force compliance.  Let’s not choose a path that alienates us from the rest of the world.  Instead, let U.S. renewable power technology contribute to our improved global economic prosperity, and domestic job growth, by investing in climate change solutions.
  • One more:  http://action.citizen.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/
  • Petition – Don’t let Trump’s budget delete funding for science:

Civil Rights Actions

Anti-Hate Actions
Criminal Justice Reform
  • No actions this week
Immigrations/Citizenship
  • The hunger strike by the detainees at the NW Detention Center is having a positive impact, but they could use your continued influence to make their voices heard.  Three specific actions:
    • Nightly rallies through Sunday, 4/23 – 6PM:
    • If you can get out for one of them, today, tomorrow or over the weekend — our louder voices will be heard by the inmates within the confines of the prison.  Backbone has some visuals that folks can take along to make an even stronger statement.  Let Bill Moyer know if you are going (bill@backbonecampaign.org) and he can make suggestions.
    • Want to attend the rallies?  Contact Mike Magrath:  mmagrath@gmail.com
  • Call the City of Tacoma Finance Department and urge them to revoke GEO’s Business License. 
    • In a March 2017 letter to GEO, Mayor Strickland noted that the City of Tacoma can revoke GEO’s business license if it is a “danger to the public health, safety and welfare of the individuals [detained] as well as the community as a whole.”  Tell them you are concerned about family separations, one dollar a day wages for detainees while commissary prices doubled and unsanitary conditions.
  • Call:  Finance Department, Andrew Cherullo, Finance Director, 253-591-5800
  • Call ICE and demand that:
    1. They meet the Hunger Strikers Demands and 
    2. GEO not retaliate against hunger strikers. We have reports that strikers have been threatened with transfer to facilities away from their loved ones as punishment for engaging in protest.
      • Call:  Assistant Field Director (Detention): William Penaloza: (253) 779.6000, dial extension 1, wait for message, then dial extension 4
  • Call:  Dept of Homeland Security Public Relations Officer:  206-835-0094
  • Stay informedhttps://www.facebook.com/pg/NWDCResistance/events/
  • Petition – despite statements to the contrary, the Trump administration has deported a person granted legal residency through the DACA program.  Tell Secretary Kelly to reverse this action:
Preserving Democracy & Justice
  • Petition – stop the US Homeland Security Department from implementing a rule to disclose social media passwords as a condition to enter the country:
    • Imagine visiting a country – to see family or take a vacation or do business – and being forced to hand over your Facebook username and password. That country’s agents would be able to read your private messages, see everything you’ve posted or shared for the benefit of your friends, what you like, what you’ve searched. What conclusions could they draw? Would they be accurate?
    • https://action.aclu.org/secure/FlyDontSpy
Racial Justice & Black Lives Matter
  • No actions this week
Women’s Rights
  • No actions this week
LGBTQ Rights
  • No actions this week

Healthcare Actions

Financial Actions

Economy/Income Inequality
  • Editorial, plus action steps, Tax Reform and Trump’s Tax Returns:
    It looks like Trump’s “no tax return disclosure” policy may indeed be important to others besides the media, and may play a crippling role in his tax system overhaul campaign promise.
    Even if the failure of the ACA Repeal and Replace initiative had not happened, and Trump was able to strip health care from millions, thus developing a budget saving that he could apply to reduced taxes, his lack of transparency over his tax returns is still a significant issue.
    Stalling the current administration is important.  Supporters who expected to “become very, very rich” and “would get tired of winning again” will only experience increased buyer’s remorse when promises are not kept (or result in significant take-aways, like the ACA Repeal and Replace plan).
  • What can we do?   A couple of things:
    1. Keep signing petitions and writing letters demanding Trump release his tax returns, and
    2. Thank those Republican Members of Congress who are now asking him to do just that.
      1. Better yet:  If you have friends in these states, ask them to do likewise
      2. Note:  Indivisible does say don’t waste your time reaching out to Members of Congress outside your state or district, but this issue has so much potential to hobble the Trump agenda & raise buyer’s remorse that I plan to write some letters.
Get Big Money Out of Politics
  • No actions this week

Gun Safety Actions

  • No actions this week

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

Find your elected officials here!

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.

Legislative Action Committee Talking Points

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Legislative Action Committee Talking Points

The primary work of the state legislature over the next month (or more!) will be the budget. The current biennial budget expires on June 30 and a new budget needs to be adopted by that date to keep the state open on July 1. The budget is about $dollars$, but it’s also about sense – where we spend our public funds are our priorities.  

With this in mind, the Legislative Action Committee (LAC) asks you to act to support those policies and programs that are important to us as Democrats – programs that protect the environment, provide for the economic security and well-being of all, but especially those most vulnerable because of poverty, infirmity, disability, age and other inequities, and ensure that all have quality educational opportunities.

To this end, we ask you to communicate with our 34th District senator, Sharon Nelson, and representatives, Eileen Cody and Joe Fitzgibbon. Call; write a letter; send an email.  (See www.leg.wa.gov for contact information.)  Talk to your friends and relatives that share our values, but live in other districts, particularly Republican districts; encourage them to share this message with their state legislators.

To help you, here are some notes for you to put into your message:

  1. Response to the budget proposals from the Governor, Senate Republicans and House Democrats:
    • The estimated $4 billion in added dollars per biennium needed to fully fund education, as required under the State Supreme Court McCleary decision, should come from new revenue, not by stealing from other programs that are essential to our state’s social contract; don’t sacrifice social services or the environment to fund the education budget.
    • The levy swap is a bad idea that will hurt the residents of the 34th Legislative District by increasing the tax burden on those residents and exporting those taxes to other parts of the state rather than improving conditions locally, where there are significant unmet educational needs.

 

  1. New revenue sources are needed:
    • A new tax of 7.0 to 7.9 percent on capital gains over $25,000 (or $50,000 for joint filers) would raise as much as $800 million in new revenue.
    • Tax exemptions for large corporations could be reduced or eliminated without adversely affecting their bottom lines. Those dollars could save residents from homelessness, health care catastrophe, hunger and a degraded environment. These exemptions should be carefully examined for their supposed benefits to the state and eliminated if they are not accomplishing the state’s goals.
    • Washington State should embrace the first carbon tax in the nation and lead the way toward environmental policy that provides an economic incentive for reducing greenhouse emissions and raises revenues. The Governor’s proposal, for example, at $25 per metric ton of carbon, would raise about $2 billion.

Tell your story. Have social, environmental or other government programs helped or hurt you or someone in a way that illustrates why Democratic policies and programs are important? Tell our legislators, briefly, so that our legislators can share your story with their colleagues.

Weekly Actions: Week 12

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Urgent Actions

  • NW Detention Center – support the hunger strikers!
    • Make a difference.  We need people and resources to help them stay in place & offer moral support for those doing the hard work inside!
    • Join the posse – Contact:  Mike Magrath, (206)276-6038, mmagrath@gmail.com

General Actions

General Information
Vashon-Activism (get local – join a team)

Praise

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
  • Petition – Tell Fox, CBS, ABC and NBC to increase their coverage of climate change and environmental issues.
    • By talking more about email servers and Queen Elizabeth’s birthday than climate change, news outlets are helping minimize the very real threats we face.  
    • Sign:  http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/711/877/715/
    • Write:
      • Fox News:  1211 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10036
      • CBS News:  524 West 57th St., New York, NY 10019
      • ABC News:  47 West 66th Street, New York, NY 10023
      • NBC News:  30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, N.Y. 10112
      • CNN:  Turner Broadcasting, One CNN Center, 13 North, Atlanta, GA, 30303
  • Petition – Trump and Interior Secretary Zinke – let’s not go back to coal:

Civil Rights Actions

Anti-Hate Actions
  • No actions this week
Criminal Justice Reform
  • No actions this week
Immigrations/Citizenship
  • NW Detention Center – support the hunger strikers!
    • Make a difference.  We need people and resources to help them stay in place & offer moral support for those doing the hard work inside!
    • Join the posse – Contact:  Mike Magrath, (206)276-6038, mmagrath@gmail.com
  • Petition – Protect Immigrant workers:
Preserving Democracy & Justice
Racial Justice & Black Lives Matter
  • No actions this week
Women’s Rights
LGBTQ Rights
  • Petition – Tell NCAA President Mark Emmert no NCAA championships in North Carolina.

Healthcare Actions

Financial Actions

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

Gun Safety Actions

  • Petition – Oppose the “Safe Students Act”, which allows more guns in schools:
    • The National Rifle Association (NRA) has offered up their solution to gun violence: repeal the Gun Free Zone Act with the “Safe Students Act”. But there’s nothing safe about this legislation. In order to keep students safer, the NRA wants to increase the number of guns on school grounds.
    • http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/464/649/034/
    • Words you can cut and paste into the survey “personal comments” section:
    • This proposed legislation is misguided and dangerous!  Law enforcement officers undergo hours of training to determine when to use lethal force.  Suggesting that a posse of “good guys with guns” can determine who the “bad guys with guns” are is irresponsible.  More guns = more bullets = more death.  Let’s act to keep guns away from those who are not sufficiently mature or responsible, not allow gun proliferation that results in these individuals being shot and killed.

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

Find your elected officials here!

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.

March Monthly Meeting Minutes

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34th District Democrats

District Monthly Meeting

3/8/17

The Hall at Fauntleroy

Meeting called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Chair David Ginsberg.

Pledge of Allegiance.

A short welcoming address from the Chair for new members, an invitation to be a PCO, and a request for a volunteer to fill the role of Technician.

Adoption of Agenda and Meeting Rules.

Moved, seconded, and passed.

Treasurer’s Report – 145 people joined at the February meeting and Current membership is 335.

Committee Reports:

Legislative Action – Ann Martin explained purpose of committee and invited members to join. Emphasized helping the 31st and 45th Districts to take back the State Senate due to special elections.

Data & Technical Committee report – Nick Bohall gave a short introduction of the new interactive PCO map.

Candidates for Seattle City Council made short speeches introducing themselves to the membership.

Teresa Mosqueda highlighted her public healthcare background and her endorsement

From Rep. Pramila Jayapal.

Sheley Secrest cited her commitment to Jobs Not Jails and housing and community issues.

Address from Mayor Ed Murray

The Mayor spoke about balancing Growth with Equity, fighting the new administration’s

Policies, and homelessness.  He took one question about the Mayoral Office

Budget.

Main Program, Part I: Threats to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, presented by Robby Stern from the Puget Sound Advocates For Retirement Action.

In honor of Women’s History Month, the program focused on women and Retirement and the Social Security safety net. Wage inequality and POC participation rates examined.

King County Sherriff John Urquhart addressed the membership and pledged that the King County Sherriff’s Department would NEVER enter into a 287(g) agreement to assist ICE.

Main Program Part II: Velma Veloria, the first Asian American woman to be elected to the Washington State Legislature and Organizer and Policy Advocate for the Faith Action Network spoke about the scourge of Human Trafficking and its impact on women and POC.

Unfinished Business:

Resolution regarding greenhouse gas emissions, HB-1646. Moved, seconded, and passed.

New Business:

Digital Communications – Chair Carrie Alexander invited members to join the committee and encouraged membership to interact with our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Video Project was highlighted, with Lynn Randal and Ann Martin being featured.

Appointment of New PCOs:

  • Eric Ferrel – 34-0298
  • Juniper Rogneby – (Acting) – Carpenter
  • Gina Topp – (Acting) 34-1420
  • Jeanne Fellin – 34-1425
  • Ruth Kerr – 34-1422
  • Chryssa Brazil – 34-1246
  • Shelley Chase -34-1448

All were moved, seconded, and passed.

Resolution opposing attacks on our health benefits. Moved, seconded, and passed.

Resolution Expanding Social Security. Moved, seconded, and passed.

Resolution in support of HB-1144 which would amend limits on greenhouse gas emissions in Washington State. Moved, seconded, and passed.

A Letter by the Washington Federation of State Employees was introduced in support of a Statement Regarding Locality Pay to Create an Equitable Living Standard. Moved, seconded, and passed.

King County Council Chair Joe McDermott informed the membership of a County program for legal aid to immigrants.

Good of the Order

Adjourned at 9:00 p.m. by Chair David Ginsberg.

Candidate Questionnaires for 2017

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Candidate Questionnaire for King County Sheriff

The following candidate filled out questionnaires from the King County Democrats for the King County Sheriff position. Please click his name to read his responses:

Candidate Questionnaire for Seattle City Council, District 8

The following candidates filled out questionnaires from the King County Democrats for the Seattle City Council, District 8 position. Please click on their names to read their responses:

The following candidate filled out questionnaires from the Democratic Socialists:

Candidate Questionnaire for Judicial Candidates

The following candidate filled out questionnaires from the King County Democrats for judicial candidates. Please click the name to read the responses:

April 12th Monthly Meeting Agenda

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The agenda for the April Monthly Meeting is as follows:

6:30 – Potluck Social Time

7:00 – Call to Order

     Opening Ceremonies

     Pledge of Allegiance

     Presentation of Awards

     VIP Acknowledgements

          Judge David Mann

          Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez

     Review

          Approval of the Minutes and Agenda

          Approval of the Minutes

          Adoption of the Agenda

     Reports of Officers and Standing Committees

          Reports of Officers

               Chair’s Report

          Reports of Committees

               Digital Communications Minute

7:10 -Showdown in the 34th: Seattle City Council Position 8

  • Ryan Asbert
  • Hisam Goueli
  • Jon Grant
  • Jenn Huff
  • Mac McGregor
  • Teresa Mosqueda
  • Rudy Pantoja
  • James Passey
  • Sheley Secrest
  • Charlene Strong

7:30 – Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal addresses the 34th (we’ll interrupt the program to accommodate the Congresswoman’s schedule)

8:20 – Endorsement for Seattle City Council Position 8

8:40 – Burien City Council Candidate Introductions

     Unfinished Business

          None

8:45 – New Business

     Membership and Treasurer’s Report

      Approval of the Budget

      Appointment of Slate of Committee Chair Nominees

          Carrie Alexander as Events Chair

          Chris Godwin as Finance Chair

          Chris Porter as Fundraising Co-Chair

      Appointment of PCOs

8:55 – Good of the Order

9:00 – Adjourn to Whiskey West

Weekly Actions: Week 11

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Urgent Actions

  • Pramila Jayapal Town Hall!  Vashon High School Theater!

General Actions

General Information
Vashon-Activism (get local – join a team)

Praise

  • Call or Write Gov’s Jay Inslee, Kate Brown and Jerry Brown for their joint statement on the Clean Power Plan:
    • Last week, governors along the West Coast issued a joint statement supporting the Clean Power Plan – a policy put in place by President Obama to initiate a national transition away from coal powered-electricity – in anticipation of action by President Trump that would either withdraw or rewrite the plan.
    • The statement takes a stand against the president possibly weakening standards that protect air quality and reduce carbon emissions.
    • “Any attacks on the Clean Power Plan would move our nation in the wrong direction and put American prosperity at risk. Climate change is one of our greatest threats, from more wildfires threatening our homes and communities to ocean acidification rocking our shellfish industry to drought hurting our farmers,” part of the statement reads. “Too much is at stake – from our health and safety to our jobs and livelihoods – for us to move backwards.”
      • Jay Inslee: Office of the Governor, PO Box 40002, Olympia, WA 98504-0002 / Phone: 360-902-4111
      • Kate Brown: Governor Kate Brown, State Capitol Building, 900 Court Street NE, 160, Salem, OR 97301 / Phone: (503) 378-4582
      • Jerry Brown:  Governor Jerry Brown, c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814 / Phone: (916) 445-2841
  • Mayor Ed Murray, and others, for suing the Trump administration to preserve Sanctuary City rights:
    • “Seattle will argue that an executive order by President Donald Trump violates the Constitution by trying to make local governments enforce federal immigration law.”
    • Praise:
      • Write or call Mayor Ed Murray:  PO Box 94749, Seattle, Wa  98124-4749, Phone: 206-684-4000
      • Write or call Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes:  701 5th Ave, Suite 2050, Seattle, Wa  98104-7097 / Phone: 206-684-8200
      • Encourage King County to join the lawsuit:  Write or call King Co Executive Dow Constantine:
      • King Co Chinook Bldg, 401 5th Ave, #800, Seattle, Wa  98104 / Phone:  206-263-9600
  • Pat yourself on the back – Steve Bannon removed from Principles Committee of the National Security Council!
    • More to be done to oppose him, but the trend is looking good!
  • Thank your Senators for stepping up for a wild Arctic Refuge!

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
Climate Change
  • No actions this week

Civil Rights Actions

Anti-Hate Actions
  • No actions this week
Criminal Justice Reform
  • No actions this week
Immigrations/Citizenship
Preserving Democracy & Justice
Racial Justice & Black Lives Matter
  • No actions this week
Women’s Rights
LGBTQ Rights
  • No actions this week

Healthcare Actions

Financial Actions

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

Gun Safety Actions

  • No actions this week

Education Actions

Foreign Policy/Defense Actions

  • Petition – Secretary of Defense James Mattis publicly explain Donald Trump’s war plans in the Middle East to the American public: (Hmmm – looks like the Win Without War team has good anticipation – this petition came out a few days before the Syria cruise missile strike)
  • Petition – Remove Nunes from the House Intelligence Committee / Appoint a special prosecutor (this is now a national defense issue – this step has also occurred!  Congratulations!):

Miscellaneous Actions

  • No actions this week

Photo of the Week

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Contact Elected Officials

Find your elected officials here!

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.

Weekly Actions: Week 10

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Urgent Actions

  • In Gig Harbor, this Friday evening, March 31 – join a silent protest of anti-Islam speaker Heidi Mund. See the calendar!

General Actions

General Information
Vashon-Activism (get local – join a team)

Praise

  • Call or Write Gov’s Jay Inslee, Kate Brown and Jerry Brown for their joint statement on the Clean Power Plan:
    • Last week, governors along the West Coast issued a joint statement supporting the Clean Power Plan – a policy put in place by President Obama to initiate a national transition away from coal powered-electricity – in anticipation of action by President Trump that would either withdraw or rewrite the plan.
    • The statement takes a stand against the president possibly weakening standards that protect air quality and reduce carbon emissions.
    • “Any attacks on the Clean Power Plan would move our nation in the wrong direction and put American prosperity at risk. Climate change is one of our greatest threats, from more wildfires threatening our homes and communities to ocean acidification rocking our shellfish industry to drought hurting our farmers,” part of the statement reads. “Too much is at stake – from our health and safety to our jobs and livelihoods – for us to move backwards.”
      • Jay Inslee: Office of the Governor, PO Box 40002, Olympia, WA 98504-0002 / Phone: 360-902-4111
      • Kate Brown: Governor Kate Brown, State Capitol Building, 900 Court Street NE, 160, Salem, OR 97301 / Phone: (503) 378-4582
      • Jerry Brown:  Governor Jerry Brown, c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814 / Phone: (916) 445-2841
  • Mayor Ed Murray, and others, for suing the Trump administration to preserve Sanctuary City rights:

Election Actions

Electoral College Repeal
  • No actions this week
Instant Runoff  Voting
  • No actions this week
Preserving Democracy & Justice

Climate & Environment Actions

The Environment
Climate Change

Civil Rights Actions

Anti-Hate Actions
  • No actions this week
Criminal Justice Reform
  • No actions this week
Immigrations/Citizenship
Racial Justice & Black Lives Matter
  • Call your local school district, regardless of whether you have children in school, to ask that they:
    1. Include “Know Your Rights” information (in both English and Spanish) on their school website;
    2. develop and approve a policy, similar to the Los Angeles Unified School District policy, that protects families and provides clarity to school-site staff;
    3. include information regarding safety on school property on the district’s website.
  • Petition – Save Demitrius, jailed without charges and dying from sickle beta thalassemia without treatment:
Women’s Rights
  • No actions this week
LGBTQ Rights
  • No actions this week

Healthcare Actions

Aging / Medicare / Social Security /Health Care

Financial Actions

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

Gun Safety Actions

  • No actions this week

Education Actions

  • No actions this week

Foreign Policy/Defense Actions

  • No actions this week

Miscellaneous Actions

Photo of the Week

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Contact Elected Officials

Find your elected officials here!

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.

Chair’s Message: Winning by not losing, and our upcoming Seattle City Council Position 8 Showdown in the Wild West

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Winning by not losing

At the national level we are an opposition party, and will be for the next 3 years and 10 months. So we won’t be able to achieve any of the things we’d like to. At the national level, we need to put our positive agenda for the nation on hold while we fight the rightwing extremists who have taken over our government using dark money from oligarchs who now believe the end of democracy is within their grasp. But, just as we did yesterday, we will prove them wrong.

Celebrating our victories

While I’m extremely confident we’ll win in the end, we’re going to lose many fights in the coming years. So many that we’ll get good at losing (like Trump’s nominees). But sometimes, on the most important fights – like saving the ACA – we will win. And when we do it’s important that we celebrate our victories so that we can recharge and inspire each other to continue the fight. That’s what we did last night at Dakota Place Park, where we gathered and celebrated yesterday’s victory over the Republican attack on our health care.

The next fight we’ll win if we continue to stand up and stick together: tax reform

The republican leadership had two major goals for this Congress: repeal the ACA and reform the tax code. Both are designed to give huge tax breaks to the wealthy oligarchs who fund the Republican Party, at the expense of the poor, the middle class, and democracy itself. The Republicans chose to use a budgetary procedure called reconciliation to pass their draconian agenda, because budget reconciliation allows them to avoid the possibility of a Democratic filibuster in the Senate. And they chose to repeal the ACA first because the budget resolution for the current fiscal year dictates that any reconciliation measure must reduce the deficit, which the Republican ACA repeal was designed to do. Republicans then could draft a new budget resolution for the upcoming fiscal year with easier deficit targets, allowing for more aggressive tax cuts. Yesterday they saw their plans go up in flames. Any tax cuts for the super wealthy will now have to be smaller than they would if the measure had passed. And the political challenges the Republicans faced with the ACA repeal aren’t going away any time soon. They have to deal not only with an American electorate that is against them, but with extremist factions within their own party that demand ideological purity that moderates can’t stomach. On this fight, just as with the repeal fight we just won, if we stand up and stick together, we will win.

Coming up in April: Seattle City Council Position 8 Showdown in the Wild West

There are now 10 declared candidates for Seattle City Council Position 8. How do you choose from such a large field. We know the approach the Republicans took last year ended in national disaster. We also know that a candidate forum in which 10 candidates get equal time isn’t necessarily effective in leading to a decision. So we’re trying something different: 

After brief introductory comments from each of the candidates they’ll each draw a question at random and answer it, and after each has had a chance at answering one of our questions we’re going to let you choose which candidates you want to hear more from through a process of elimination.  Eight of the ten candidates have enthusiastically said they’ll be there. One has said maybe, and one has yet to RSVP.

Note: If you have a question you’d like to hear the candidates answer please submit it to Chris Porter at wsdccm@34dems.org.

 At the end of the evening we’ll endorse one (or more) of the candidates. We want it to be fun, interesting, informative and valuable for our members and for the candidates alike. Hope to see you there!

A note about voting: according to our bylaws:

“Only members in good standing by the end of the prior month’s meeting may vote, except that any member who had paid dues in the previous calendar year may vote if the membership is renewed at or before the meeting where the endorsement takes place.”

If you were a member last year but haven’t renewed yet, you can click here to pay your dues and renew your membership in time for the April meeting. If you weren’t a member by the end of the last meeting you won’t be eligible to vote at the April meeting but can join now to be eligible to vote at our big May endorsements meeting.

http://www.34dems.org/contribute/

 In solidarity,

David Ginsberg

Chair, 34th District Democrats

Weekly Actions: Week 9

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Urgent Actions

Nothing particularly urgent this week.

General Actions

General Information
  • Call to support an independent Russia influence investigation:
    • Script: Hi. I’m a constituent from _ZIP_ calling because I am angry about the appearance of corruption of the president and his team. The House investigation isn’t enough. Will _NAME_ co-sign Sen Cardin’s bill 27 for an independent commission to investigate Russia’s takeover of our elections? (If no or waffle-y:) This is not a partisan issue. Our democracy depends on truth and transparency. As a voter, this is a top issue for me.
    • Senator Maria Cantwell: 202-224-3441
    • Senator Patty Murray: 202-224-2621
  • Related (but not an independent investigation): Comey confirms F.B.I. investigation into Russian election interference (NY Times, 3/20)
    • The F.B.I. is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible links between the Trump campaign and the Russian government — and whether there was any coordination, Mr. Comey said.
  • Sign this petition to keep the ball rolling – Congress must pause all Trump-related legislation and appointments—starting with a halt to Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation process—until the American people learn the full truth about Trump and Russia.
Vashon-Activism (get local – join a team)
  • NEW!  Indivisible Chapter of the Backbone Campaign:
    • The Indivisible Chapter is building our foundation while creating action teams.  Help us develop our social media / website / Facebook presence, meet to discuss strategy and initiate team actions to Resist Trump!  To join the Chapter, contact Kevin Jones at kevinjonvash@gmail.com
  • NEW!  Legislative Action Team of the Indivisible Chapter:
    • This group visits our elected Members of Congress at their offices and at town hall meetings.  Join this group for periodic meetings to exchange the latest political information, discuss opportunities for engagement with Members of Congress and their staffers and arrange meetings between Members of Congress and Vashon / Maury Island citizens.
    • Contacts:
  • NEW!  Immigrant / Refugee team of the Indivisible Chapter:
    • Join the Immigration/Refugee Group meeting to begin planning strategy and additional actions both on and off island to protect our immigrant population.
    • Contact:
  • Fossil Fuel Free Puget Sound Energy
    • Brought to you by the Vashon Climate Action Group
    • Join the team to develop alternatives to build a natural gas power plant
      • And prepare material to inform the community
    • Join the community outreach team to spread the word about this “once in a lifetime opportunity” to replace PSE coal plants with renewable energy and conservation
    • Contact Kevin Jones: kevinjonvash@gmail.com
  • Earth Day Vashon (well, the day AFTER the official earth day)
    • Brought to you by the Vashon Climate Action Group
    • Join the team who is imagining, defining and recruiting talent for this Vashon High School event
    • Join the team here:
    • https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfJ2ePsvox6WKpNxMOe8gShzfGPSMrQemS-hlQQcApBXOGkbA/viewform?c=0&w=1
  • Become a Vashon School District Green Team supporter!
    • Brought to you by the Vashon Climate Action Group (I sense a trend here…)
    • Provide support for Green Team events and activities
    • Encourage Green Team advisors for all school grade levels
    • Are you a VSD student or parent that seeks a meaningful, vibrant and growing Green Team? Join us!
    • Contact Kevin Jones: kevinjonvash@gmail.com
  • Write to Resist – Every Thursday, 3 – 5PM, Snapdragon

Praise

  • Thank Utilities & Transportation Commission Chairman David Danner for reaffirming Wa State Climate Change Goals:
    • Write:  David Danner c/o WUTC, PO Box 47250, Olympia, Wa  98504-7250
    • Call:   360-664-1160
  • Thank Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley for holding the deputy attorney general’s confirmation vote as collateral until the FBI director briefs his panel about investigations into alleged ties between the Trump administration and Russian officials.
  • Thanking Washington AG Bob Ferguson for the lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s proposal to abandon clean automobile emission standards:
    • Write:  1125 Washington St SE, PO Box 40100, Olympia, Wa  98504-0100
    • Call:  360-753-6200
  • Write to thank the judge who blocked the second Muslim travel ban:
    • Write:  Hon. Derrick Watson, United States District Court, District of Hawaii, 300 Ala Moana Blvd C-338, Honolulu, HI 96850
  • Thank the 17 Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives who introduced a resolution that acknowledges the negative impacts of climate change “that are expected to worsen in every region of the United States” and calls upon the House to work on solutions for mitigation and adaptation efforts.  Call or write:
    • Elise Stefanik (NY-21): 318 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515, 202-225-4611 (WDC), 315-782-3150 (Watertown)
    • Ryan Costello (PA-06): 326 Cannon House Office Building, Washington DC 20515, 202-225-4315 (WDC), 610-696-2982 (West Chester)
    • Carlos Curbelo (FL-26): 1404 Longworth House Office Building, Washington DC 20515, 202-225-2778 (WDC), 305-222-0160 (Miami)
    • Mark Amodei (NV-02): 332 Cannon House Office Building, Washington DC 20515, 202-225-6155 (WDC), 775-686-5760 (Reno)
    • Don Bacon (NE-02): 1516 Longworth House Office Building, Washington DC 20515, 202-225-4155 (WDC), 402-938-0300 (Omaha)
    • Barbara Comstock (VA-10): 229 Cannon House Office Building, Washington DC 20515, 202-225-5136 (WDC), 703-404-6903 (Sterling)
    • John Faso (NY-19): 1616 Longworth House Office Building, Washington DC 20515, 202-225-5614 (WDC), 845-514-2322 (Kingston)
    • Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08): 514 Cannon House Office Building, Washington DC 20515, 202-225-4276 (WDC), 215-579-8102 (Langhorne)
    • John Katko (NY-24): 1620 Longworth House Office Building, Washington DC 20515, 202-225-3701 (WDC), 315-423-5657 (Syracuse)
    • Frank LoBiondo (NJ-02): 2427 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington DC 20515, 202-225-6572 (WDC), 800-471-4450 (Mays Landing)
    • Mia Love (UT-04): 217 Cannon House Office Building, Washington DC 20515, 202-225-3011 (WDC), 801-996-8729 (West Jordan)
    • Brian Mast (FL-18): 2182 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington DC 20515, 202-225-3026 (WDC), 772-403-0900 (Stuart)
    • Pat Meehan (PA-07): 2305 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington DC 20515, 202-225-2011 (WDC), 610-690-7323 (Springfield)
    • Tom Reed (NY-23): 2437 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington DC 20515, 202-225-3161 (WDC), 607-222-2027 (Ithaca)
    • David Reichert (WA-08): 1127 Longworth House Office Building, Washington DC 20515, 202-225-7761 (WDC), 425-677-7414 (Issaquah)
    • Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27): 2206 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington DC 20515, 202-225-3931 (WDC), 305-668-2285 (Miami)
    • Mark Sanford (SC-01-): 2211 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington DC 20515, 202-225-3176 (WDC), 843-521-2530 (Beaufort)

Election Actions

Electoral College Repeal
  • No actions this week
Instant Runoff  Voting
  • No actions this week

Climate & Environment Actions

The Environment
Climate Change

Civil Rights Actions

Anti-Hate Actions
Criminal Justice Reform
  • No actions this week
Immigrations/Citizenship
Racial Justice & Black Lives Matter
Women’s Rights
  • No actions this week
LGBTQ Rights
  • No actions this week

Healthcare Actions

Medicare/Social Security/Healthcare
  • Petitions – Don’t repeal the ACA:
  • Call to protest the ACA repeal plan.
    • The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office determined that this plan would leave up to 24 million MORE Americans uninsured within a decade and would cost older lower income insured people MORE than what they are paying now. Oh, and it includes $592 billion in tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.
    • Call your representatives:
    • Senator Maria Cantwell: 202-224-3441
    • Senator Patty Murray: 202-224-2621
    • Representative Pramila Jayapal: 202-225-3106
    • If you don’t live in Washington State go to 5calls.org to get phone numbers.
  • Petitions – Reject the American Health Care Act:
  • Protect vulnerable people in Washington State:  Call 1-(800)-562-6000. They’ll ask for your address and forward a message from you to your legislators.  The message is: “Please support HB 1153 and SB 5099. Move them out of Committee and onto a floor vote!”  These two bills:
    • Creates the crimes of theft from a vulnerable adult in the first and second degree.
    • Increases penalties, reduces barriers to prosecution, and expands the scope of protection for vulnerable persons.

Financial Actions

Economy/Income Inequality
  • No actions this week
Get Big Money Out of Politics
  • Call to support the No TRUMP Act:
    • Script: Hi. I’m a constituent from _ZIP_ calling to express my support for HR 1452, the No TRUMP Act. Donald Trump should have divested of his businesses before entering office. Earl Blumenauer’s bill stops my tax dollar from lining the president’s pockets.
    • Representative Pramila Jayapal: 202-225-3106

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

Beaver Picture
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.