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October Monthly Membership Meeting Minutes

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October Monthly Membership Meeting Notes

34th District Democrats
Monthly Membership Meeting
10/11/17
The Hall at Fauntleroy
Meeting called to order at 7:03 by Chair David Ginsberg

7:04 Pledge of Allegiance.

7:06 No VIP’s present.

7:07 Dale Bright, Dale Connon, and the brothers and sisters of Laborers 242 were honored for their contributions to the 34th.

Minutes were MSP, as was adoption of the meeting agenda.

Chairs Report –

  • Glen Morgan filed suit against the 34th on the afternoon of Thursday the 5th.
    Chair expressed his anger at how this will affect the LD. We will now need to spend
    funds on legal assistance that we could be spending on getting Democrats elected. This
    type of action may bankrupt some of the smaller LD’s, however, that is not the case with us.
  • Last Saturday’s Burien Canvass with Rep, Jayapal was great! Knocked on 2,057 doors and had at
    Least 80 volunteers! Chair reminded the membership that getting out and talking to people is the most impactful thing that we can do.

Treasurer’s Report –

  • Treasurer Gina Topp reports that we spent $5,153 last month, with the bulk of the funds supporting the Burien Slate. We have $24,314.26 in the bank and we will be setting aside some funds for caucuses. Gina is confident in the legal firm that we have retained to defend against the Morgan lawsuit.

Committee Reports –

  • Legislative Action – Committee Chair Ann Martin brought up Fair Vote Washington
    and Fix Democracy First’s petition about Ranked Choice Voting. In answer to a question about gathering any possible signatures while out canvassing, it was determined that this was not a conflict.
  • Volunteer Committee – Committee Chair Treina Aronson reminded the membership to check out the “Get Active” tab on the webpage and that the next event was an Adopt A Street Clean Up on October 21 at 1p.m.

Proposition One presentation for Leonardo Flor –

  • States that he manages the Vets and Human Services Levy for the County but is here tonight as
    a private citizen. Informs that as it stands, the levy is 5 cents on every $1,000 of assessed value. It sunsets this year. Proposition 1 on the ballot will continue and expand the program. As of now ½ of funds go to vets and the other ½ go to those “person(s) in need of such services.” These services include, but are not limited to, Mobile Medical Services, WIC, help for the homeless and affordable housing. 2,056 units have been built thanks to the levy. In all, 42 different programs are funded through it.
  • It is the smallest levy in the county. Vets are helped with job training which on average leads to a $28k increase in their household incomes.
  • King County is aging, and the need for Senior Services will continue to rise. By 2040, 25% of King County citizens will be seniors.
  • There IS a property tax exemption to make sure that folks are not taxed out of their homes. 23,000 people are eligible, let’s make sure that we find them! The levy will also fight social isolation, which many seniors and vets experience. Studies show that it is harder on human health than obesity or smoking 13 cigarettes per day.
  • More veterans are poor, and they are getting poorer.
  • Proposition 1 will raise the levy to 10 cents per $1000 assessed value. 1/3 to vets, 1/3 to seniors (55 or older) AND their caregivers, and 1/3 to vulnerable populations, including, but not limited to sexual assault victims and LGBTQ populations.
  • ½ of the first year’s proceeds will promote housing stability.
  • The Senior Programs will also help those seniors who still would like to work to do so, thereby lessening social isolation.
  • Note that the levy is on assessed, not sales, value. Average homeowner will see their tax increase by about $27-28 a year.
  • If Proposition One does not pass, the current $18.5 million dollars in services would cease. These programs serve Seattle as well, and places great emphasis on citizen/resident oversight. Vets and Seniors would get their own oversight boards.
  • ½ of the 1/3 for seniors would go to veteran seniors. This restriction would end when 75% of veteran seniors are housed or $24 million spent, whichever comes first.
  • Leonardo also clarified what vulnerable populations are. They are persons who are “acted upon by the system”. Many groups are thusly defined, and the community would be asked as to where the funds would be prioritized. Currently, they are substance abusers and sexual assault survivors. Re-entry services for vets frequently released into homelessness. Leonardo recognizes that this will not solve everything.
  • Leonardo was asked if there are any other counties in the state that have comparable services, and he replied that King County is actually the only one in the nation to provide these services.
  • He was also asked if this will cause the population to expand with an influx from people from out of the area, to which he answered that this was “empirically not true”’ Most recipients are from this area already and are homeless due to loss of employment.

7:51 King County Council Chair Joe McDermott is recognized –

  • VERY proud of the work done on Proposition 1.
  • CONGRATULATIONS to David and Steven on their marriage!
  • Spoke about Safe Injection Sites. People are trying to have them banned by several different means. He thinks that it is a good discussion to have, and wants to have a full debate on it. Would like to see a 3 year pilot for 2 sites in drug hot spots. This will be brought up at the next Council meeting on Monday the 16th.
  • Chris Porter moves to endorse Joe’s alternative. It is (S)econded and (P)assed.

7:57 Chair reports that there will be more doorbelling in Burien, encourages members to adopt a precinct, and advises that walkpieces are now available.

8:00 – Trick Or Vote!

  • Michael Taylor-Judd suggested Trick or Voting! It is a great night to canvass/walk your precinct,
    as people will be home and will be expecting people at the door all night anyway. Sign up lists
    were passed out.

No Unfinished Business

New Business –

  • Anne Phillips shares that there will be sign waving at the corner of 148th and 1st on
    Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30 to 6 p.m. between October 19th and November 7th.
    All are welcome to join!
  • Appointment of PCOs – Jason Cheung appointed PCO of Burien 34-0402.

Good Of The Order –

  • Jen Flores reports that the Jayapal campaign has asked for help in doorbelling for Rituja
    Indapure who is running for City Council in Sammamish on Saturday the 14th.
  • Katy Harris wants to reminds people to look for Fair Trade Chocolate when buying for the
    Holiday Season.
  • Martha Koester reports that there has been a real flurry of anti-immigrant mail in Burien and
    that we will really need to ramp up the personal contact.
  • Ann Martin reminds us of the SW Family Services Gala at the Georgetown Ballroom on October
    21st, and wants to thank the LD for sending 46 students and parents to see the Arts West
    Performance of “The Who and The What”. (? Is this the right play?)

8:11 Adjourned to Whiskey West

July E-Board Meeting Minutes

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July E-Board Meeting Minutes

34 th District Democrats
E-Board Meeting
7/19/17
Puget Ridge Common House

  • Meeting called to order at 7:06 by Chair David Ginsberg
  • Chair Report
    • Chair provided an update on Glen Morgan filings. Advised that we might be delivered a
      lawsuit in the near future, and that the State Party has strongly advised that the E-Board purchase
      insurance, preferably ASAP. David, Treina, and Gina will be taking training to learn how to defend
      against and prevent future suits. Public Disclosure Laws allow complaints and are retroactive for 5 years.
      These suits are expensive and time consuming, they could possibly bankrupt a smaller LD. Board
      Insurance will help mitigate this risk. In addition, the State Party is forbidden to provide insurance for
      this purpose because they have a different tax I.D than we do. P.D.C. forms should be self-audited and if
      an error is found, we must self-report. The Chair, the Vice Chair and the Treasurer should review the
      PDC’s. Blue Wave will help with compliance review services. Board Insurance will cost about $2500.00
      Directors and Officers would be protected from liability under the insurance. It was mentioned that the
      County used to cover liability, David will check on that.
  • Committee Reports:
    • King County
      • Posted Endorsements. Insurance re: Glen Morgan discussed.
    • Outreach
      • Karen and Steve report that the Burien Parade was GREAT. Thanks to Pramila
        Jayapal and the 33rd ! The 34th was warmly received.
      • Dow, Bob Hasegawa, and John Calkins will be marching with us on Saturday, and Ted will head
        up parade prep efforts that day.
      • Steve expressed some concerns about the White Center Jubilee Sunday, attendance is
        sometimes “sparse” that day.
      • The West Seattle Summerfest was “not great” this year. We did not have a booth.
      • Our Adopt a Street Clean-up event will be Saturday, 8/5 at 10 a.m. We will meet at 16 th and
        Roxbury.
      • Delridge Day is coming up on the 12 th .
      • The White Center Food Bank Picnic and Block Party will be Saturday, August 26 th .
        An email will go out to membership to remind them of parades and events this weekend.
    • Volunteer
      • 72 people in the committee, however, there has not been a lot of response lately.
      • The volunteer page on the website gets the most participation.
      • Logistics for the Resist and Persist Carnival discussed. What program did 3 Dollar Bill Cinema
        use? Drink wristbands and attendant insurance discussed. Liability insurance will cover Dram
        Shop issues. Boars Nest BBQ in Ballard will provide the BBQ. Possibly get South Seattle
        Community College Culinary Program involved next year? LD Picnic date discussed. 9/23.
    • Digital Communications
      • Thanks to Treina for the use of her hotspot. Some of the videos have hundreds of views, and there is some vigorous discussion in the comments. Lynne needs someone to cover the August meeting, as she is unable to attend. She is trying to make our messaging more accessible to the differently abled. Next meeting will be 8/3 at the Burien Library, 7 p.m.
      • Congratulations!
      • E-Board should have posting and Admin privileges across the Social Media platforms. Lynne
        would like further discussion on what our Social Media “voice” should be. Board reminded to
        cross-post on their personal pages. She would like to try to generate a social media schedule.
    • Legislative Action
      • Legislature still in session!
    • Bylaws
      • Discussions are starting now that the endorsement season is winding down
    • Hospitality
      • Kate and Sean had dinner and a discussion with Pat Thompson from the White
        Center Yes Foundation.
    • Membership
      • Joy does not have access to see which members are PCO. Suggestion is made to check the King County website. Les asked how many PCOs there were, David will need to ask Brooks. Ann suggests that in the future, credential reports should be given before any votes are taken.
  • No Unfinished Business.
  • New Business:
    • What about trying to get State AG Bob Ferguson to a future meeting? He could speak about how Washington is Leading the Resistance.
    • August program will include endorsements, in some cases re-endorsements. Hopefully we will get a legislative recap.
    • At the August meeting or possibly in September, David would like each committee to present a short report/update/check-in to the membership. Hopefully, these reports may increase membership involvement, and will let the membership know where help may be needed. Going forward, a couple of committee reports each meeting will get each of them in front of the membership twice a year.
  • Good of the Order:
    • **************** DAVID GETTING MARRIED ON SEPTEMBER 30 th ! **********************
    • The West Seattle Democratic Women will be showing “Chasing Coral” on Thursday at the West Seattle Golf Course.
    • The West Seattle Chamber will be holding a Mayoral Forum in Youngstown tomorrow at 6:15.
    • 60-65 people attended the Light Rail Design meeting that was held at Fauntleroy Hall last
      month.
    • Reminder of the Digital Communications meeting on 8/3.
    • P.D.C. training on 8/12 at 9 a.m…
  • 8:53 Adjourned.

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
  • No actions this week
Return US House and Senate to Democratic Control
  • No actions this week

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

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
  • No actions this week
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.

Weekly Actions: Week 22

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Urgent Actions

Nothing particularly urgent this week.

General Actions

General Information

Praise

  • Our collective efforts to raise awareness and speak out.  Polls now reflect a changing perception:
    • 66% disapprove Trump’s handling of Health Care
    • 64% disapprove Trump’s handling of Climate Change
    • 63% disapprove Trump’s handling of Foreign Policy
    • 60% disapprove Trump’s handling of Immigration
    • 60% Trump disapproval rating
    • 55% disapprove Trump’s handling of the Economy
    • 52% disapprove Trump’s handling of Terrorism
    • Let’s continue to raise “owner’s remorse” regarding this administration.  Thanks for all you do!
    • Source:  http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/poll-shows-most-doubt-trumps-respect-for-institutions/ar-BBCGmr9
  • Write – Representative Eileen Cody, for signing the Carbon Free PSE letter to Kimberly Harris:
    • Script:  Thank you for supporting a Carbon Free Puget Sound Energy!  We appreciate you signing the Sierra Club letter to PSE CEO Kimberly Harris.
    • Write:  Rep Eileen Cody, JLOB 303, PO Box 40600, Olympia, WA, 98504-0600
  • Courtesy of Marie B:
    • Write – Thank Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) for her tenacious, focused questioning in Sessions’ hearing.
    • Script:  We see your leadership and your care for our country, and are very grateful.
    • Write: 600 B Street, Suite 2240, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Write – Thank Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) for sponsoring the COVFEFE Act.
    • Script:  A permanent record of the president’s tweets makes his presidency more transparent and accountable. Thank you for your humor and integrity.
    • Write: 3223 N. Sheffield Ave., Chicago, IL 60657
  • Write – Thank two attorneys general (DC & MD) for filing a lawsuit against the president for emoluments violations.
    • Script:  Preventing corruption and foreign government influence matters to me. Thank you for your leadership.
    • Write:  DC Attorney General Karl Racine, 441 4th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001
    • Write: MD Attorney General Brian Frosh, 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore, MD 21202
  • Petition – Thank our Wa State Members of Congress for joining the team suing Trump for violating the constitution:
  • Petition – thank Representative Jayapal and others for launching the United for Climate and Environmental Justice task force:

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
  • Petition – stand with Bob Ferguson to hold the administration to account for climate change:
    • Two recent actions from our Wa State AG:
      • Joined the lawsuit alleging the administration violated the National Environmental Policy Act for failing to study the environmental impacts of new coal mining leases on public land
      • Filed a suit against the administration’s Department of Energy to demand they stop delaying new energy efficiency and pollution reduction standards
    • Keep Bob on the job!
    • https://petitions.signforgood.com/paris-climate/
  • Climate change book – for Vashon Islanders only (due to distribution issues otherwise):
    • As part of our planning for Strawberry Festival, we are ordering the book Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming.  We would like to know if you would be interested in getting a copy.  Please email Max at MaxAtISD@Gmail.com, with Drawdown in the subject line and the number of books you would like.  We expect the cost to be about $15 each.

Civil Rights Actions

Anti-Hate Actions
  • No actions this week
Criminal Justice Reform
  • No actions this week
Immigrations/Citizenship
  • Short, personal testimonials summarizing “Why I Care About Immigrants (or Refugees)” should be sent to May Gerstle (jamger@comcast.net) so that we can have a large collection for our next step which is most likely a publication. They should be signed.
Preserving Democracy & Justice
Racial Justice & Black Lives Matter
  • Write – Wa State elected officials and ask them to revise Washington’s Deadly Force Law:
    • The Seattle Times reports the current Deadly Force law in Washington says “that an officer can’t be convicted of a crime for using deadly force if she or he acted in good faith and without malice, or what the law calls “evil intent.””
    • The law does not require officers to consider whether the use of deadly force is “appropriate”.  The shooting death of Charleena Lyles last week is again raising the question that two lawmakers in Olympia, Senator David Frockt and Representative Roger Goodman, have been working on for some time.  The Seattle Times reports that their task force, from last year, did not reach any conclusions and cites the police union reluctance to alter the statute (no surprise).
    • Script 1:  I encourage you to continue your work to change our Deadly Force law to hold police officers legally accountable for inappropriate use of deadly force.
      • Write:  Sen David Frockt, 227 John A Cherberg Building, Olympia, Wa  98504
      • Write:  Rep Roger Goodman, 436B Legislative Building, Olympia, Wa  98504
    • Script 2:  I encourage you to actively support legislative efforts by Sen Frockt and Rep Goodman to change our Deadly Force law to hold police officers legally accountable for inappropriate use of deadly force.
      • Write:  Sen Sharon Nelson, 316 Legislative Building, Olympia, WA 98504-0434
      • Write:  Rep Eileen Cody, JLOB 303, PO Box 40600, Olympia, WA, 98504-0600
      • Write:  Rep Joe Fitzgibbon, JLOB 305, PO Box 40600, Olympia, WA, 98504-0600
  • Petition – Justice for Charleena Lyles:
Women’s Rights
  • No actions this week
LGBTQ Rights
  • No actions this week

Healthcare Actions

  • Call or Write your Member of Congress to impede the Senate version of Trumpcare:
    • The status of the Senate version of Trumpcare is changing daily now, with Senate leaders saying they will release the bill today (a draft was obtained by some media outlets yesterday).  None the less, writing or calling, as suggested below, will reinforce the call for open debate and a CBO score prior to a vote, even though the first step, actually releasing the plan, looks like it will happen today.
    • These actions assume you are represented by Democratic Senators.  There are two actions Democrat Senators can take:
      1. Withhold Consent
        • If you write:  As my elected representative, I strongly request you withhold your consent on all Senate business until the AHCA has a CBO score and scheduled debates on the merits of the bill.  I am talking about withholding consent on ALL Senate Business, not just Trumpcare.  This is my current number one issue.  The risks of you taking this action pale in comparison to millions of people losing their health care.
        • If you call – Key points:
          • Request your Senator withhold consent on ALL senate business
          • Be clear, this is a forcing strategy to:
            • Require a CBO score for the Senate version of Trumpcare
            • Force open debate on the Senate Trumpcare plan
        • You want your Senator to take this step even if it makes working with Republicans more difficult on other issues
          1. Remind them Republicans didn’t play nice when it came to filling justice Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court
          2. You don’t want your Senator to “play nice” and jeopardize your healthcare
      2. Filibuster by amendment
        • If you write:  As my elected representative, I strongly request you submit hundreds of amendments to the Senate Trumpcare bill during vote-a-rama.  I want you to delay Trumpcare legislation as long as is needed to force an AHCA CBO score and scheduled debates on the merits of the bill.  This is my current number one issue.  The risks of you taking this action pale in comparison to millions of people losing their health care.
        • If you call – Key points:
          1. Request your Senator issue hundreds of Trumpcare amendments during vote-a-rama
          2. Be clear, this is a forcing strategy to:
            1. Hold the floor as long as required with amendments while,
            2. Requiring a CBO score for the Senate version of Trumpcare
            3. Forcing open debate on the Senate Trumpcare plan
          3. You want your Senator to take this step even if it makes working with Republicans more difficult on other issues
            1. Remind them Republicans didn’t play nice when it came to filling justice Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court
            2. You don’t want your Senator to “play nice” and jeopardize your healthcare
    • Patty Murray: WDC – 202-224-2621, Seattle – 206-553-5545, Tacoma – 253-572-3636, Everett – 425-259-6515
    • Write:  Senator Murray, 154 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510
    • Maria Cantwell: WDC – 202-224-3441, Seattle – 206-220-6400, Tacoma – 253-572-2281, Everett – 425-303-0114,
    • Write:  Senator Cantwell, 511 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
    • Want to contribute an amendment?  It’s easier than you think – go here:
  • Write – to a different set of Senators this week – disclose the secret American Health Care Act bill to the public:
    • This week, write to Republican Senators who have made disparaging comments about their Republican Senate colleagues, in closed door meetings, crafting their version of the AHCA, which will then be rushed through a vote.  The bill may be voted on without a Congressional Budget Office score, as happened in the House.  The expectation is that millions of people will lose coverage, which allows the Republicans to then pass a large tax cut for the wealthiest Americans.
    • Source:  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/15/us/politics/secrecy-surrounding-senate-health-bill-raises-alarms-in-both-parties.html
  • Encourage these members of Congress to encourage their colleagues to expose the bill:
    • Script:  I encourage you to press your Senate colleagues to fully disclose their version of the AHCA to the public, allow open debate on the merits of the bill, and assure a CBO score is completed before a vote is allowed.  You are right – the current secret process is not appropriate.
    • Write:  
      • Sen John McCain, 218 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
      • Sen Rand Paul, 167 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
      • Sen Bob Corker, 425 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
      • Sen Ron Johnson, 328 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
    • And, as suggested by Marie Browne of Write to Resist fame:
      • Sen Lisa Murkowski, 522 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
      • Sen Rob Portman, 448 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
      • Sen Susan Collins, 413 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
      • Sen Bill Cassidy, 520 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
  • New petitions:
  • Have a personal story about the importance of health care to you?  Share it here:

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

  • No actions this week

Miscellaneous Actions

  • No actions this 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.

Chair’s Message: Mayoral Showdown

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The Seattle Mayor’s Race

The fastest growing large city in America will elect a new Mayor in November, and the vacuum left by the late withdrawal of Mayor Ed Murray has led 21 candidates of varying backgrounds and qualifications to enter the race – making this the most contested race in the August primary. The candidates for Mayor of Seattle are:

  •  Gary E. Brose
  • Casey Carlisle
  • Tiniell Cato
  • Jenny Durkan
  • Thom Gunn
  • Jessyn Farrell
  • Greg Hamilton
  • Michael Harris
  • Bob Hasegawa
  • Lewis A. Jones
  • Dave Kane
  • Harley Lever
  • Mary J. Martin
  • Mike McGinn
  • Cary Moon
  • James W. Norton, Jr.
  • Larry Oberto
  • Nikkita Oliver
  • Jason Roberts
  • Alex Tsimerman
  • Keith J. Whiteman

With so many candidates, one might wonder how to provide a forum the serves the District and our community without “playing favorites” or “picking winners.” Fortunately, here in the 34th we’ve already solved this problem, and we know just what to do. So saddle up, put on your riding boots and get ready for another

Showdown in the 34th: Mayor’s Edition

Just as in April, after brief introductory comments from the candidates they’ll each draw a question at random and answer it, and after all the candidates present have had a shot at answering questions we’re going to let you choose which candidates you want to hear more from through a process of elimination. We’ll let the democratic process determine which candidates get more time to answer the questions that matter here in the 34th.

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/

A note about decorum

After our big May endorsement meeting, a number of new members contacted me to share concerns that might keep them from attending future meetings, and I take their concerns very seriously because we’ve been working hard to build this organization and welcome new members. Several people expressed frustration at the noise from the back of the room. So please be respectful and if you must have a conversation during the program take your conversation outside. But by far most of the concerns had to do with an unsubstantiated personal attack launched against one of the candidates during the endorsement process. That was uncalled for, unhelpful and it’s the sort of thing that turns people away, so for the sake of this organization and the important work we need all hands on deck for, let’s resolve to do better than that, let’s all come to the meeting next Wednesday remembering the words of Michelle Obama: “When they go low, we go high.”

 Let’s continue to build an organization that welcomes newcomers and new ideas, that treats others with respect, that reaches out and engages our community to build connections that make all of us more resilient.

Let’s show by example what it means to be a Democrat and why it matters.

In solidarity,

David Ginsberg

Chair, 34th District Democrats

June Agenda: Mayoral Showdown

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Showdown in the 34th: Seattle Mayor

With 21 declared candidates for Mayor we’ll be hosting another showdown in West Seattle. We’ve invited all the Democratic candidates and other candidates who share our values to participate in the forum, and the remaining candidates are welcome to participate as well with the understanding that when we did this in April the first round left just the serious, progressive candidates; and the second round left only the viable candidates.

 Note: If you have questions you’d like to hear one of the candidates answer please send them to Chris Porter at wsdccm@34dems.org.

 After the  program we may consider whether to endorse one (or more) of the candidates.  Hope to see you there!

 June 14th Meeting Agenda

 6:30  Potluck Social Time, please bring a dish to share

 7:00 Call to Order

Opening Ceremonies

Pledge of Allegiance

VIP Acknowledgements

Review and 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
  • Membership and Treasurer’s Report
  • Format for the evening
    • Each candidate will have 2 minutes for introductory remarks.
    • There will then be a lightning round of yes/no questions, and after this we’ll take a vote to determine who proceeds to the next round.
    • There will then be a round of questions, and each candidate will draw a question at random, and then have 2 minutes to answer it. The timer begins when the question is drawn.
    • The winner will receive a highly sought after 34th District Democrats cowboy hat.
  • Need: Fundraising co-chair to assist Chris Porter
  • Call for ideas: Garden Party theme

Reports of Committees

 7:10 Presentation by Seattle Proposition 1

 7:20 Consideration of Endorsement of Seattle Proposition 1

 7:30 Showdown in the 34th: Seattle Mayor

Confirmed Participants

  • Jenny Durkan (D)
  • Jessyn Farrell (D)
  • Senator Bob Hasegawa (D)
  • Mike McGinn (D)
  • Cary Moon (D)
  • Jason Roberts (D)

 Unfinished Business

None

8:50 New Business

Appointment of PCOs

Endorsements may be considered

 8:55 Good of the Order

9:00 Adjourn to Whiskey West

A note about voting for motions, resolutions and endorsements: 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.”

The endorsement rules for the 34th District Democrats can be found here.

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 our next meeting. If you weren’t a member by the end of the last meeting you won’t be eligible to vote at the June meeting but can join now to be eligible to vote at our July meeting where we will condider endorsements for Mayor of Seattle.

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

The 34th District Democrats meet on 2nd Wednesdays at the Hall at Fauntleroy

Meeting Details: 

Hall at Fauntleroy (Old Fauntleroy School)

9131 California Avenue SW

Seattle, WA 98136

Parking lot available behind building

Transit Rapid Ride C Line

Weekly Actions – Week 19

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Urgent Actions

General Actions

General Information
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:  
      • Lainie Ferguson, Field Organizer – Friends of Manka
      • 360-431-9355
      • lainie@electmanka.com

Praise

  • Write – Representative Joe Fitzgibbon, for signing the Carbon Free PSE letter to Kimberly Harris:
    • Script:  Thank you for supporting a Carbon Free Puget Sound Energy!  We appreciate you signing the Sierra Club letter to PSE CEO Kimberly Harris.
    • Write:  Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, JLOB 305, PO Box 40600, Olympia, WA, 98504-0600

Election Actions

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

Climate & Environment Actions

The Environment
  • No actions this week
Climate Change
  • Petition – US Governors – Commit to Paris Agreement Climate Actions:
    • http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/830/573/282/
    • Add a comment:  Let’s not turn our backs on a global industry, supplying renewable power and the associated electrical distribution grid to the 195 nations that have signed the Paris Agreement.  These are clean jobs that will also help preserve our environment.  Honoring the provisions of the Paris Agreement is a smart business decision, and one that will put the US in a global leadership position in this industry.  Otherwise, we cede the ground to China.  That is not good.
  • Petition – Minnesota Department of Commerce – do not support the Enbridge 3 Line Canada Tar Sands pipeline through the state:
  • Petition – One more Stop Financing Pipelines petition:

Civil Rights Actions

Anti-Hate Actions
  • No actions this week
Criminal Justice Reform
  • No actions this week
Immigrations/Citizenship
  • No actions this week
Preserving Democracy & Justice
  • No actions this week
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
Get Big Money Out of Politics

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

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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.

May E-Board Meeting Minutes

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May E-Board Meeting Minutes

34th District Democrats

E-Board Meeting

5/17/17

Puget Ridge Common House

  • Meeting called to order at 7:02 by Chair David Ginsberg
  • Chair Report – President Carter showed up and spoke at Dow’s Reelection Kickoff Luncheon!
  • Committee Reports:
    • King County — Les reports that things are not moving as quickly as he would like with the candidate Support Committee, but he is trying to get access to the Coordinated Campaign lists and hopes that will jumpstart things.
    • Outreach – Karen and Steve report that things went rather well at the Cambodian Fest.
      • 8 Voter Registration Forms and 1 New Member!
      • Treina sent in the application for the Adopt A Street program, our section is 16th and Roxbury to a mile north. We have to have 4 organized Clean Ups before we can get a sign promoting our participation.
      • Met with Stacia Jenkins about tabling at the June 3rd, Burien Pride, event.
      • Seattle Indivisible Activist Fair on May 30th.
      • Working to participate in the Burien and Vashon Strawberry Fests.
    • Program – Michael wonders: Are there any volunteers to work on the bylaws?
    • State Committee – Chris reports that work on the Code of Conduct and the Harassment Policy continues. He is still looking for a Fundraising Co-Chair. Discussion of a theme for the Garden Party, no decisions made yet.
    • Nick reports for Digital Communications/Data/Technology/Web Editor – Spokane LOVES our website and would love our help. A way to obfuscate email addresses for PCOs has been found and will be implemented. Trying to get more experience in the database function of WordPress or using Mailchimp to streamline member communications. Possibly the My Campaign side of Votebuilder? Member Stories project restarting in June, awaiting Ann Martin’s return.
    • Membership – Joy is delighted to report that we have 515 members, the most ever!
  • No Unfinished Business.
  • New Business:
    • Mayoral Candidate Debate/Forum at the June meeting. Who to Invite? Possibly 1st round is each Candidate gets 60 seconds to introduce themselves to the membership, and then are asked a few Yes/No questions. Membership then votes as to who moves on to 2nd round.  Decided that our endorsement will be voted and given at the June meeting. It is decided that every candidate will be invited and we will use the Showdown protocol. As before, ONLY declared Democrats will be eligible to receive the 34th’s endorsement.
    • David received an email from Proposition 1, the 1% For the Arts/Access for All. Asks if we should include this in the program. (David, I must have missed the answer to this. Can you provide?)
    • Ted advises that sauces and desserts are needed for the Spaghetti Dinner. We have 3 sauces and need 3 more.  You can NEVER have too many desserts.  Participation in the sauce contest is optional.
    • New banners have been sent via Slack. Probably will need new t-shirts? Question is asked: Might orders for them be taken? May want to reach out to Darcie Burner’s son for these? He has a printing business. Still looking for a vertical banner, David suggests democraticstuff.com. MAKE SURE TO LOOK FOR THE UNION BUG!
    • Possible discussion of Seattle City Council’s Income Tax proposal at a future membership meeting.
  • Good of the Order:
    • Les asked about possible interest in coffee with Mike McGinn to talk about his Mayoral candidacy.
    • Michael advised the West Seattle Transportation Coalition’s interest in a ST3 Design Workshop on June 22nd at 7 pm to describe and talk through what it will look like when it is complete. Will it be over ground? Underground? Come and make your voice heard! Might be a good springboard to discuss the Center City proposal.
    • Treina is still looking for recipes! Would like them ASAP, may reach out to The Salvadorian Bakery for a recipe or two.
  • 8:01 Adjourned.

Weekly Actions: Week 18

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Urgent Actions

Nothing particularly urgent this week.

General Actions

General Information
  • Write – encourage your Washington State elected officials to make voter registration automatic:
    • Script:  Please create legislation for automatic voter registration in Washington State like our neighbors in Oregon and California.
    • Senator Sharon Nelson, 316 Legislative Building, Olympia, WA 98504-0434
    • Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, JLOB 305, PO Box 40600, Olympia, WA, 98504-0600
    • Rep Eileen Cody, JLOB 303, PO Box 40600, Olympia, WA, 98504-0600
    • Petition:  https://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=11095
  • Write – to tell your Member of Congress why the social safety net, which Trump’s budget will decimate, is so important to you:
    • The fur is just starting to fly on the proposed budget, which appears to be the starting point for the great negotiator to get what he wants.  Remember Pramila’s words:  We need to stand together, fight for the entire social safety net and not allow the administration to divide and conquer us by fighting each other over individual social service programs.
    • We know our Members of Congress will fight this budget proposal.  Can you tell your story about the harm that will be caused, so they get as much ammunition as possible?  Start here, with Maria Cantwells “top ten worst items in the Trump budget”, then get out the pens and post cards.
    • Cuts Medicaid funding an additional $610 billion on top of the $800 billion+ in cuts in the American Health Care Act potentially leaving 1.7 million Washingtonians who get their health insurance through Medicaid without coverage.
    • Breaks the President’s promise not to cut Social Security by including $72 billion in cuts to Social Security Disability Insurance.
    • Completely eliminates the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which funds local projects like Meals on Wheels and economic development in rural areas.
    • Worsens Washington’s homeless crisis by drastically cutting funding for homeless assistance programs and rental assistance, causing up to more than 6,100 Washington families to lose access to housing.
    • Proposes a staggering 70% cut to renewable and energy efficiency initiatives, devastating Washington’s clean energy economy and killing thousands of clean energy jobs all over the country.
    • Puts our nation’s health at risk by cutting nearly 20 percent of the funding for the National Institutes of Health – thwarting advancements in biomedical research, life-saving technology and economic activity in Washington state at universities and research organizations.
    • Proposes to cut off ALL federal funding to Planned Parenthood, including Title X funding, which helps ensure access to family planning and preventative health services.
    • Calls for opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil drilling and selling off half of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
    • Undermines commitments to Indian Country by cutting funding for programs including social services, healthcare, education, climate and natural resources.
Vashon-Activism (get local – join a team)
  • No actions this week

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

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
  • No actions this week
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

  • 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

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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.

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

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.