Weekly Actions

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.

Weekly Actions – Week 16

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Urgent Actions

General Actions

General Information
  1. Follow this link:  http://gofccyourself.com
  2. Click on the “New Filing” linked text
  3. Fill in the fields – I had to enter data more than once before the field actually recorded my entered data – keep entering data until it sticks
  4. I left several fields blank (like “attorney”), or entered “N/A”
  5. At the “Upload Documents” field, click inside the dashed box, which will open a search window to your computer files.  Select the file you created in step 1 above.
  6. Click Continue to Review Screen
  7. Click Submit
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 – thank Rep Jayapal for continuing to call for Trump’s tax returns and ties to Russia:
    • Script:
      • Thank you for signing the discharge petition on H.R.305, demanding a floor vote to get Trump’s tax returns. I also support a nonpartisan, independent investigation on Trump, Russia, and Trump’s conflicts of interest.
    • Write:  319 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
  • Petition – Thank Sally Yates for speaking up about Trump Russia entanglements:
  • Petition – Thank Wa State legislators for passing gun safety legislation:
  • Thank You!
    • From the League of Conservation Voters:  We just delivered a massive blow to Donald Trump! Thanks to your calls and emails, the Senate just voted, 51-49, to stand up to the oil and gas industry and say hell no — you can’t have a free pass to pollute our air and spew dangerous methane pollution into our atmosphere!

      Methane pollution is one of the biggest contributors to climate change. Keeping President Obama’s methane rule in place will prevent a huge amount of toxic methane from getting into our air and further damaging our climate. It is proof that we can defeat Trump and his anti-environment, pro-polluter agenda! The resistance is working!

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
  • Make a statement to the EPA, to preserve environmental protections, by May 15, 2017:
    • The EPA is soliciting public comment on repealing EPA regulations. Visit: Regulations.gov. Click “Evaluation of Existing Regulations” in the What’s Trending list, then the dark blue “Comment Now!” button, upper right.
      Share why you support protections for clean air, soil, and water.  Possible script:

      • We are talking about environmental protections here.  Mercury levels in the air.  Lead in the water.  Toxic chemicals in commercial products.  These protections have been put in place to protect us, your citizens, constituents and voters.  Reject calls for “remove two protections for every new protection created”.  This is irresponsible.  Please continue to protect our health and longevity by protecting our environment.
  • Petition – no resource extraction at Bears Ears National Monument:
  • Submit comments to protect National Monuments (Thanks MH!):
Climate Change

Civil Rights Actions

Anti-Hate Actions
Criminal Justice Reform
  • No actions this week
Immigrations/Citizenship
  • No actions this week
Preserving Democracy & Justice
  • Petition – suppress voter suppression – sign this anti-voter-fraud-investigation petition:
Racial Justice & Black Lives Matter
  • No actions this week
Women’s Rights
  • No actions this week
LGBTQ Rights

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

  • 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 14

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Urgent Actions

  • Saturday, April 29, People’s Climate March Seattle, Occidental to Westlake Park, Occidental Park 117 S Washington St, Seattle, 10AM-2PM (Note:  Latest info, this march will occur and is sponsored by Walk to Save Oak Flats and Climate Xchange):
  • Vashon Island to Occidental park (117 S Washington St, Seattle, WA 98104):
    • Depart Vashon Island on the 8:40AM ferry
    • Arrive Fauntleroy at 9:00AM
    • Metro Transit C-Line – departs Fauntleroy at 9:08AM (next bus departs at 9:20AM) (Fare:  $2.50)
    • Arrive Seneca St & 3rd Ave at 9:37AM
    • Walk 0.6 miles to Occidental Park
    • West on Seneca to 1st Ave S, Turn left and walk south on 1st Ave S seven blocks to S Washington St, turn left on S Washington St one block to arrive Occidental Park.
    • Note:  if running late, walk East on Seneca to 4th Ave S, turn right and walk south on 4th Ave S to S Washington St, then turn right on S Washington St to Occidental Park.  This will be the reverse route of the march, so you will join the march as they walk towards you on 4th Ave S.

General Actions

General Information
  • Help elect a democrat in Montana!  Sign up to make calls…
  • Tell CNN and corporate media:  War is not entertainment, let’s not glorify warfare:
  • Petition – Tell Congress:  No Border Wall Funding:
  • Just to stay riled up about this, from the Washington Post:
    • Mark Krikorian, the longtime executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, a think tank that advocates reduced immigration, said that he has never considered a border wall a top priority.
    • But now that the wall has taken on a life of its own, Krikorian said that Trump and Republicans have to make some sort of progress in securing a chunk of the border with a wall or heavy-duty fence — or else blow the opportunity to show Americans the party is ready to take action to crack down on illegal immigration.
    • “Following through on wall construction is one of the ways that the political class can win back trust on this topic,” Krikorian said. “It’s a tangible thing. You can take pictures of it and imagine it in your head.”
    • He added: “Even if the border wall did no good at all to control immigration, it would be important to build . . . Even if it did nothing, even if it was completely ineffective, it’s important politically.”
    • So, let’s hear it for a $20 Billion political white elephant!  Yeah – that’s how I want my tax dollars spent!
    • Feeling outraged?  Write or call Mark Krikorian at:
      • Mark Krikorian – Executive Director
      • Center for Immigration Studies
      • 1629 K Street N.W., Suite 600, Washington, DC 20006
      • Phone: (202) 466-8185
        • Mr Krikorian,
          Your quote in the Post, saying it is important to build the wall “even if it was completely ineffective”, is an affront to the American taxpayer!  You should be ashamed.
          Extremely Sincerely,
          Your name
    • Source:  http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/from-%E2%80%98build-that-wall%E2%80%99-to-kick-the-can-trump%E2%80%99s-border-promise-might-be-hard-to-break/ar-BBApKLr
  • The Impeach Trump team would like your help (but, be careful what you ask for…):
    • If Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal introduces a resolution calling for an impeachment investigation of President Trump, the momentum to oust him from the presidency will leap forward.
    • Let’s get the congressional ball rolling to impeach Trump.
    • Call her in Washington D.C. between 6:30am – 2:30pm PST at (202) 225-3106.
    • Dial her district office between 9am – 5pm PST at (206) 674-0040.
  • Petition – Kushner likely violated the same disclosure law Flynn did, when filling out his security form.  This petition requests his security clearance be pulled:
Vashon-Activism (get local – join a team)
  • Participate in Vashon Activism – Now More Than Ever! – join your group / discover your group / get active!
    • Thursday, May 4, Vashon Activism – Now More Than Ever!  Open Space for Arts & Community, 18870 SW 103rd Ave, Vashon, 5 – 7PM
      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 5PM to socialize and enjoy light snacks.  Invited group leaders will take the stage at 5:30. Meet and mingle from 6 to 7. 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

  • Thank You!  Two bills that have appeared in the For Your Consideration… news will be signed into law in Washington State!  
  • Congratulate San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera and United States District Court judge William H. Orrick for halting Trump’s sanctuary cities executive order:
    • Write:  San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, City Hall, Room 234, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl., San Francisco, CA 94102
    • Write:  Judge William H. Orrick, San Francisco Courthouse, 450 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102
  • Thank Reps Jason Chaffetz and Elijah Cummings for exposing General Mike Flynn’s unlawful actions:
  • House Oversight Chairman Rep Jason Chaffetz R-Utah, told reporters that Flynn “had a duty and obligation to seek and obtain permission to receive money from foreign governments prior to any engagement with them.”
    • House Oversight Committed ranking member Rep Elijah Cummings D-Maryland, released two letters including one sent directly to Gen. Flynn on October 8th, 2014 from the Office of General Counsel at the DIA.
    • “This letter explicitly warned General Flynn as he entered retirement that the Constitution prohibited him from accepting any foreign government payments without advanced permission,” Cummings said, adding, “The Pentagon’s warning to Gen. Flynn was bold, italicized and could not have been clearer.”
    • Also: “DIA did not locate any records referring or relating to Lt. Gen. Flynn’s receipt of money from a foreign source,” and that the agency could “not locate any records of Lt. Gen. Flynn seeking permission or approval for the receipt of money from a foreign source.”
    • The “evidence is powerful in showing Gen. Flynn broke significant criminal laws,” and that they all testify to a “flagrant violation of federal criminal statute that must be investigated and prosecuted.”
    • Full article:  
    • Write:  Representative Jason Chaffetz, 2236 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515
    • Call:  202-225-7751
    • Write:   Representative Elijah Cummings, 2163 Rayburn HOB, Washington, DC 20515
    • Call:  202-225-4741
  • Thanks to PH, for sharing David Brook’s uplifting editorial on Trump incompetence – definitely worth a read!  Just a sample:
    • The Coming Incompetence Crisis
    • I just read that the Trump administration has filled only 22 of the 553 key positions that require Senate confirmation. This makes me worry that the administration will not have enough manpower to produce the same volume and standard of incompetence that we’ve come to expect so far.
    • Granted, in its first few months the administration has produced an impressive amount of ineptitude with very few people.
    • But still, I worry that at the current pace the Trump administration is going to run out of failure.
    • ……
    • Now I’m not underestimating the president’s own capacity for carrying on in an incompetent manner almost indefinitely. I don’t think we’ve reached peak Trump.
    • Enjoy the entire editorial:  

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
  • Trump signed an executive order to “review” all National Monuments.  Fight back:
  • Help stop the funding of Tar Sands pipeline projects (Thanks Sue!):
    • 350 Seattle is mobilizing its Pledge of Resistance for a coordinated mass action on May 8th to stop the funding of Tar Sands pipeline projects. The focus will be Chase Bank. This will be the Northwest’s largest action targeting a bank because of its fossil fuel funding.
    • If you’re interested in participating on May 8, please attend one of 350 Seattle’s mass action meetings and learn about the different ways you can take part in this coordinated and nonviolent direct action:
      1. Wednesday April 26th, 6:30-8:30PM. RSVP and invite others via Facebook or
      2. Sunday, April 30th, 6:00-8:00pm. RSVP and  invite others via Facebook
    • Both meetings will be at the 350 Seattle Office, 1919 E Prospect St, Seattle, 98112. S
  • Help resist the TransMountain Pipeline Expansion:
    • I wanted to reach to you all about potentially hosting a Pull Together event on Vashon Island. For those who aren’t familiar, Pull Together is a cross-border campaign raising money for the legal fees of three First Nations who are suing the Canadian government over the TransMountain Expansion’s infringement of their treaty rights and threat to their water, land and way of life.

      350 Seattle + Sierra Club have been working on this campaign and would love to connect with climate groups on Vashon who would be interested in hosting Pull Together fundraisers or education events around the TMX and its impact on our region.

      If you know any other groups or folks on Vashon I should be reaching out to about this work, please let me know.
    • Thank you again,
    • Morgan Michel
    • mm876@cornell.edu
      607-280-4308
  • Petition – Tell the Coast Guard to prevent another disastrous Arctic oil spill:
Climate Change

Civil Rights Actions

Anti-Hate Actions
Criminal Justice Reform
  • No actions this week
Immigrations/Citizenship
  • No actions this week
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
  • Petition – Tell Patty Murray you support her new $15/hour minimum wage legislation:
  • Petition – reject the Working Families Flexibility Act (HB 1180), which allows companies to offer flex time instead of paid overtime for overtime work:
  • Petition – Tell Congress:  Reject Trump’s EPA gutting tax plan:
  • Why?  It also hurts working families.  From the NY Times:
    President Trump’s own Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, stated this tax reform fairness test a few months ago:“Any reductions we have in upper-income taxes will be offset by less deductions, so that there will be no absolute tax cut for the upper class. There will be a big tax cut for the middle class, but any tax cuts we have for the upper class will be offset by less deductions that pay for it.” Yet on Wednesday Trump, with Mnuchin as the pitch man, violated Mnuchin’s own standard.The Trump plan will overwhelmingly benefit the wealthy, cutting the top income-tax rate, cutting taxes on stock holdings, cutting corporate taxes and eliminating the estate tax. And when a reporter asked Mnuchin yesterday about all the benefits that would flow to the affluent, he ducked the question and offered a vague talking point. The straightforward Mnuchin of a few months ago was nowhere to be seen.It would be entirely possible to put together a conservative tax plan that simplified the code without exacerbating inequality. But the Trump plan is nowhere near that plan.
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

  • NY Times Op-Ed Columnist David Leonhardt (exerpts):
    • Here’s my reading of Trump’s start: It’s the least successful first 100 days since the concept existed.
      • Trump has made no significant progress on any major legislation.
      • Trump is far behind staffing his administration.
      • The Trump administration is more nagged by scandal than any previous administration.
      • Trump has no clear foreign policy.
      • Trump is by far the least popular new president in the modern polling era.
  • Petition – respect state’s rights to regulate marijuana:

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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.

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.

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.

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

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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 8

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Urgent Actions

  • Last day – March 17:  Retain Obama administration requirement that financial advisors must comply with fiduciary requirements.  See the Financial Actions section.
  • If you can spare some time for an important cause – returning the Washington State Senate to Democratic control, then sign up to support Manka Dhingra for the 45th Legislative District Senate seat:  To signup, see the Election Actions section.

General Actions

General Information
Vashon-Activism (get local – join a team)
  • Indivisible Chapter of the Backbone Campaign:
  • 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:
  • 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:  Susie Murphy at susiemurf@gmail.com
  • Fossil Fuel Free Puget Sound Energy
    • Brought to you by the Vashon Climate Action Group
    • Join the team to develop alternatives to a Puget Sound Energy 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

Election Actions

Electoral College Repeal
  • No actions this week
Instant Runoff  Voting
  • No actions this week
Preserving Democracy & Justice
  • No actions this week
Return US House and Senate to Democratic control
  • This is important!  If you can spare some time for an important cause – returning the Washington State Senate to Democratic control, then sign up to support Manka Dhingra for the 45th Legislative District Senate seat:
  • Sign up as a signature gatherer for I-902, a Wa State Automatic Voter Registration Initiative:
    • There is Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) initiative that has been filed with the Secretary of State. The group Take the Initiative has filed and been assigned I-902, “Providing Automatic Voter Registration at Qualified Voter Registration Agencies.” Here is their announcement:  http://taketheinitiative.us/i-902-announcement/. They are recruiting signature gatherers now which could be a great way to get involved if you haven’t collected signatures before. The leadership team will be reaching out to Take The Initiative to see more on the bill and how we can help.

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
  • No actions this week
Women’s Rights
LGBTQ Rights
  • No actions this week

Healthcare Actions

  • The White House is collecting Obamacare Disaster Stories.  Log on and tell them how Obamacare has helped you and millions of other citizens just like you:
  • You can borrow my story if you like:
    • Obamacare has been a tremendous improvement in health care for our country.  Tens of millions of Americans who had no health care coverage are now covered.  This is a tremendous step forward!
    • In addition, Medicaid coverage has expanded for millions of Americans.  This is a step in the right direction!
    • Exchanging Obamacare for tax benefits is the wrong way to go.  Americans that have the income levels to take advantage of a tax benefit can also afford insurance.  We need to provide insurance for all, which you promised during your campaign.  This means coverage, not access.  There has never been an “access” problem – it only takes money.  Now that we have Obamacare, it takes a lot less money for coverage, particularly for those who have severe health problems.
    • So, let’s improve Obamacare, move to a single payer system, scrap the tax benefit idea and join the rest of the world!
  • And sign this petition while you’re at it:
  • Petition – Remove health care subsidies for members of Congress and their families:  May as well fight fire with fire…
  • Call these seven GOP senators who are currently expressing reservations about the American Health Care Act (aka:  Trumpcare) and tell them you too are concerned about loss of medical coverage under the AHCA, thank them for expressing their concerns over the act and ask them to oppose it:
    • Cory Gardner:  202-224-5941 (WDC), 303-391-5777 (Denver)
    • Shelley Moore Capito:  202-224-6472 (WDC), 304-347-5372 (Charleston)
    • Rob Portman:  202-224-3353 (WDC), 216-522-7095 (Cleveland)
    • Lisa Murkowski:  202-224-6665 (WDC), 907-271-3735 (Anchorage)
    • Dean Heller:  202-224-6244 (WDC), 775-686-5770 (Reno)
    • Bill Cassidy:  202-224-5824 (WDC), 225-929-7711 (Baton Rouge)
    • Susan Collins:  202-224-2523 (WDC), 207-622-8414 (Augusta)
    • Source:  http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/msn/opinion-trumpism-is-now-getting-exposed-as-a-monumental-fraud/ar-AAo1BZF

Financial Actions

Economy/Income Inequality
  • Submit a public comment, deadline March 17:  Retain Obama administration requirement that financial advisors must comply with fiduciary requirements – meaning investment recommendations they make are in the best interest of the client, not an investment that makes money for the seller.
Get Big Money Out of Politics
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Gun Safety Actions

Education Actions

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Foreign Policy/Defense Actions

Miscellaneous Actions

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Photo of the Week

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Weekly Actions: Week 7

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Urgent Actions

  • Make sure to send some “You’re Fired” postcards to the White House and Trump Tower this Wednesday!

General Actions

General Information
  • Find your issue – make some calls – 5 Calls is your private multi-issue activism network.  Try it today:
  • Anti-regulation bills to enter the Senate, where they can be blocked by filibuster – call your Senators to oppose:
    • Regulatory Accountability Act:  The proponents of the bill insist that it will improve federal regulation, but the real purpose and effect of the bill is to stall the overall process — making it harder for federal agencies to adopt rules that prevent companies from harming their workers, their customers and their neighbors.  (Source:  https://news.utexas.edu/2017/02/03/regulatory-accountability-act-threatens-health-and-safety )
    • REINS Act (Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act):  Under the REINS Act, no major regulation could take effect unless it is approved by both houses of Congress in a small window of time. This would make it impossible to protect the public by shutting down the entire regulatory system including attacks on the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and many other consumer protection measures.  (Source:  http://lwv.org/content/league-opposes-hr-26-reins-act-2017 )
    • Midnight Rules Relief Act:  H.R. 5982 would amend the Congressional Review Act to enable Congress to bundle numerous rules finalized during the final year of a president’s term into a single vote on a joint resolution of disapproval.  Alarmingly, once these rules have been invalidated through this process, the agency may not adopt a subsequent similar rule absent express authorization by Congress. (Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rep-hank-johnson/the-so-called-midnight-ru_b_13074236.html )
  • Sign this petition:
  • Petition – let’s keep up the pressure for Trump to release his tax returns:
  • Anyone want to join the Impeach Trump now team?:
  • Petition – Limit the amount of our tax money spent on the Trump family’s vacations and business trips:
  • In case anyone is getting too sidetracked by the Russian spy drama, the following bills have been introduced:
    1. HR 861 Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency
    2. HR 610 Vouchers for Public Education
    3. HR 899 Terminate the Department of Education
    4. HJR 69 Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife
    5. HR 370 Repeal Affordable Care Act
    6. HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood
    7. HR 785 National Right to Work (this one ends unions)
    8. HR 83 Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill
    9. HR 147 Criminalizing Abortion (“Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act”)
    10. HR 808 Sanctions against Iran
  • Concerned?  Call your Members of Congress!
Vashon-Activism (get local – join a team)
  • Indivisible Chapter of the Backbone Campaign:
  • 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:
  • 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:  Susie Murphy at susiemurf@gmail.com
  • Fossil Fuel Free Puget Sound Energy
    • Brought to you by the Vashon Climate Action Group
    • Join the team to develop alternatives to a Puget Sound Energy 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
  • 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

Election Actions

Electoral College Repeal
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Preserving Democracy & Justice
Return US House and Senate to Democratic control
  • NEW!  Building a Progressive Majority:
    • This new team met on Sunday, March 5, to discuss an approach to this critically important topic.   Working at the State and National level, this team is developing action steps to evaluate which key races are close and deserve our attention.  Want to join?
    • Contacts:

Climate & Environment Actions

The Environment
Climate Change
  • Petition – Protect the climate – Preserve the Bureau of Land Management’s Natural Gas flaring and venting rule:
    • When Fossil fuel companies drill on our public lands, they often burn away — or flare — natural gas. This sends climate-busting CO2 straight into the atmosphere. And it pollutes the air in local communities.
    • They used to be able to do this for free. But President Obama changed that. His Administration made a rule that makes the fossil fuel industry pay taxpayers and tribes for the wasted natural gas. This made Big Oil think twice about destroying our wild places.
    • Now, Congress is trying to undo the Obama administration’s action.  Thanks to a 2015 investigation, companies like ExxonMobil, which is now running the State Department through former CEO Rex Tillerson and Devon Energy, which was so close to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt that back in Oklahoma they actually drafted letters for him to copy and paste onto his letterhead when he was state Attorney General, are beneficiaries.
    • Reversing the rule would be a huge win for companies like these — and a huge loss for taxpayers and the climate!
    • http://action.foe.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/
  • Petition – Keep the World’s Largest Methanol Refinery from being built in Washington State:

Civil Rights Actions

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

Healthcare Actions

Aging / Medicare / Social Security /Health Care

Financial Actions

Economy/Income Inequality
  • Petition – Tell congressional and state lawmakers that “right to work” is bad for states and the country: “Right to Work” laws are actually anti-union laws, which give more power to corporations and less power to workers.
  • Submit a public comment, deadline March 17:  Retain Obama administration requirement that financial advisors must comply with fiduciary requirements – meaning investment recommendations they make are in the best interest of the client, not an investment that makes money for the seller.
Get Big Money Out of Politics
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Gun Safety Actions

Education Actions

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Foreign Policy/Defense Actions

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Miscellaneous Actions

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Photo of the Week

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

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