Weekly Actions

Weekly Actions: Week 9

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Urgent Actions

Nothing particularly urgent this week.

General Actions

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

Praise

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

Election Actions

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

Climate & Environment Actions

The Environment
Climate Change

Civil Rights Actions

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

Healthcare Actions

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

Financial Actions

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

Gun Safety Actions

Education Actions

  • No actions this week

Foreign Policy/Defense Actions

  • No actions this week

Miscellaneous Actions

  • No actions this week

Photo of the Week

Beaver Picture
Contact Elected Officials

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
  • No actions this week

Gun Safety Actions

Education Actions

  • No actions this week

Foreign Policy/Defense Actions

Miscellaneous Actions

  • No actions this week

Photo of the Week

You're fired
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 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
  • No actions this week
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
  • No actions this week
Criminal Justice Reform
  • No actions this week
Immigrations/Citizenship
  • No actions this week
Racial Justice & Black Lives Matter
Women’s Rights
  • No actions this week
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
  • 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

Snowy Mountain
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 6

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Urgent Actions

Nothing particularly urgent this week.

General Actions

General Information
  • Call Senator Maria Cantwell at (202) 224-3441 and urge her to co-sponsor Elizabeth Warren’s bill to end Trump’s conflicts of interest:
    • Note:  Patty Murray has already signed on as a co-sponsor.  Here’s a sample script:
    • “I am a constituent from zip code 98070 in Vashon, Wa. I’m calling to urge my senator to co-sponsor Senator Warren’s bill (S.65) requiring Donald Trump to divest and end his financial conflicts of interest.”
  • From our friends at the White House:  We want to know what issues you want President Trump to focus on and your ideas for the future of our country.  I think you should share your thoughts…
    • https://www.whitehouse.gov/joint-address-issues-survey
    • You can edit my response to question 3 “What are your ideas to make America great again” (remember, be kind):
    • Protect our climate by focusing on a global market in renewable energy systems, Put coal miners to work installing and maintaining renewable energy systems (and keep them from contracting black lung), Don’t build a southern border wall – spend the money on road, rail and smart electricity grids that will make our industries more competitive to improve our economy, honor your promise to save Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and reflect that promise in your budget submission, Divest in all your business holdings – the blind trust plan you proposed is not adequate – divestiture will allow the American people to trust that you are really working in our best interest and not your personal wealth, Release your tax returns to also allow us to trust you are working for us without conflicts of interest, Publicly state that Putin is a dangerous dictator who kills his political and media opponents and is no friend of the United States, Publicly pledge your continued support to the most effective multi-national peace keeping alliance in history – NATO – and thank them for flying their AWACS aircraft to protect our nation following 9/11 when our AWACS aircraft were all busy overseas.
  • Petition – Tell Chuck Schumer that Virginia Senator Joe Manchin should not be on the Democratic leadership team (but, you should also know Joe Manchin is from a state that Trump won handily in 2016, so he risks being replaced by a Republican if he leans too far left.  You be the judge.):
  • Petition – tell our Members of Congress to host Town Hall meetings with their constituents!
  • Petition – Oppose Steve Bannon on the Principles Committee of the National Security Council:
  • Petition – tell senators to protect the federal consumer protection agency:
  • Enjoy Michael Moore’s latest advice for dealing with the current administration:
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

Election Actions

Electoral College Repeal
  • No actions this week
Instant Runoff  Voting

Climate & Environment Actions

The Environment
Climate Change

Civil Rights Actions

Anti-Hate Actions
  • No actions this week
Criminal Justice Reform
  • Demand an end to private, for-profit prisons:
    • Private, for profit prisons will need a never-ending supply of “customers” to be profitable. That’s how business works. If Trump thinks that for-profit incarceration is a good business model, then there’s no hope for America’s most vulnerable people.
    • Call the US Department of Justice at 202-353-1555.
    • Recommended script:
      Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [CITY, ZIP].
      I’m calling to demand an end to private, for-profit prisons. Last year, the Department of Justice issued a report that shows that they are significantly more dangerous than government-run prisons. In endorsing private prisons, the Trump Administration is blatantly ignoring the data.
Immigrations/Citizenship
  • No actions this week
Racial Justice & Black Lives Matter
  • ACLU call to host an ACLU sponsored Resistance Training event on March 11 – you provide a space, screen, speakers and wifi and they do the rest.  Interested?
Women’s Rights
LGBTQ Rights
  • No actions this week

Healthcare Actions

  • For those concerned about the “health” of the ACA this will be an important action.
    • Democratically elected U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan has turned off all of his public telephones and fax machines due to overwhelming protests in favor of Obamacare, Planned Parenthood, and Medicare. He is also turning away voters delivering signed petitions.
      So here is the new tactic:
    • Mail postcards to his HOME address:
      • PAUL RYAN, 7-00 St Lawrence Ave, Janesville, Wi  53545
        700 ST. LAWRENCE AVE.
        JANESVILLE, WI 53545
    • Please paste and copy this info into your status. Let’s see what 67 million cards in the driveway looks like.
  • New Information:  Senators Murry and Cantwell vote AGAINST lower cost drug imports – whAAAT??
    • Two weeks ago we reported that our Washington senators Cantwell and Murray voted AGAINST the Sanders amendment to allow lower cost imported medications, citing a “lack of consumer protection” in the legislation.  We also mentioned Patty Murray’s Facebook post that says (paraphrasing) “we’re committed to making this happen and we are working with Senator Sanders on a bill that will include important consumer protections”.
    • Here is the new info:
      • Today (2/28/2017), U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) joined Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), and 28 other members of Congress in introducing legislation in the House and Senate to lower the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs by allowing Americans to import safe, low-cost medicine from Canada.
    • Thanks for your calls on this subject!  Let’s help our Members of Congress stay strong.  Meanwhile….
    • Email from Senator Murray on this topic – not good enough – call her office and ask when she will support the new legislation (see below)
  • Petition – support Senator Sanders legislation to import safe and affordable prescription drugs:
Response from Senator Murray:

Dear Mr. Jones:

Thank you for contacting me regarding the importation of prescription drugs. I appreciate hearing from you about this critical issue.

I’ve heard from patients and families in Washington state and across the country who are finding it increasingly difficult to pay the soaring prices of their prescription drugs, and that absolutely needs to change. That’s why I strongly support allowing patients to import lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada with the right safeguards to protect patients from unsafe or ineffective drugs, as well as other efforts to bring relief to the many families struggling to make ends meet. And I am committed to working with my colleagues in Congress—on both sides of the aisle—to get this done and make sure prescription medication and lifesaving treatments are not just available, but accessible and affordable.

I am also fighting back on President Trump and Congressional Republicans’ reckless push to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which could reverse our efforts to close the Medicare “donut hole” that has reduced the amount that seniors have to pay out-of-pocket for the prescriptions they need.

Again, thank you for contacting me about this deeply important issue.  If you would like to know more about my work in the U.S. Senate, please sign up for my updates at http://murray.senate.gov/updates.  Please keep in touch.

Sincerely,

Patty Murray
United States Senator

Financial Actions

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

Gun Safety Actions

Education Actions

Foreign Policy/Defense Actions

Miscellaneous Actions

Photo of the Week

Pond image
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 5

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Urgent Actions

  • Submit comments, electronically, regarding US Navy Growler Electronic Warfare testing on the Olympic Peninsula.  My letter and the website link provided below:
  • The administration has a Media Accountability Survey – please (PLEASE) take a minute to respond.  Don’t give Trump the opportunity to bash mainstream media (you will be asked for your name, email address and zip at the end of the survey):
  • Ask Wa State members of congress to move HB 1501, Law Enforcement and Victim Safety, through the House Appropriations Committee:

Letter regarding US Navy Growler:

Post in comment field on this website:  http://www.whidbeyeis.com/Comment.aspx

I am concerned about multiple deficiencies in the USN Growler Electronic Warfare Proposal Environmental Impact Statement.

  • Wildlife impacts – noise. Inadequate noise profiles of the USN Growler and insufficient or erroneous assessments of wildlife impacts due to noise (feeding / mating interruptions, damage to hearing much more sensitive to humans) must be properly evaluated.
  • Wildlife impacts – collision. The low altitude flight profiles of the USN Growler significantly increases aircraft / bird collision.  Endangered species, like the Marbled Murrelet, frequently transit the proposed Electronic Warfare practice area.  Lack of altitude separation will create more bird deaths.   This specific species is in decline more than 4% per year.  The full impact of deaths due to airborne collision must be taken into consideration.
  • Economic harm to rural western Washington communities. Our rural western Washington communities are already under severe economic stress.  Past timber over-harvest has reduced the resource extraction based economy.  Tourism and recreation represent opportunities for economic viability.  This is not possible when noise from USN Growler overflights is present.  Hiking, car camping, hunting, fishing, lodging and climbing are all negatively affected.  These communities need economic support, not further economic distress.

A comprehensive, accurate and balanced Environmental Impact assessment of this project must be done.  This has not been accomplished to date.

Thank you,

Kevin Jones

Address

Phone number

Email address

General Actions

Vashon-Activism (get local – join a team)
  • 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:
    • Sign up here
  • 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
Letter to REI

Subject:  US Bank Contract renewal – bad policy

I understand you want to hear from REI members who support the Standing Rock Sioux and stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

I am opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline, which has not completed Environmental Impact Statement assessment, have not addressed the risk of pipeline breakage and have not considered the climate change damage that will result if the fossil fuel the pipeline carries is brought to market.

As an environmentally friendly company, who sponsors our ability to appreciate our natural world, it is inconsistent that you would do business with financial institutions who invest in projects that are likely to harm the environment.

Please review your policies and divest from financial institutions that support the Dakota Access Pipeline.

http://www.naturalnews.com/055870_Sunoco_pipeline_leak_environmental_damage.html

http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/22/us/california-oil-spill/index.html

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-pipeline-santa-barbara-coast-20150519-story.html

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/1/21/oil-pipeline-burst.html

Thanks,

Your Name

REI #  xxxxxx

Praise

  • Jimmy Carter – for opposing Citizen’s United (big $ in politics) – Petition:
  • Thank Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA): 202-224-4543
    • Script: Thank you for introducing your Presidential Conflicts of Interest bill in the Senate. I’m grateful for your efforts. This president must do what’s best for the country, not what’s best for his businesses around the world.
  • Thank Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA):  202-225-2836
    • Script: Thank you for introducing your Presidential Conflicts of Interest bill in the House. I’m grateful for your efforts. This president must do what’s best for the country, not what’s best for his businesses around the world.
  • Thank Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA):  202-224-2023 & Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL4):  202-225-4035
    • Script: Thank you for co-sponsoring bills to protect the National Security Council from political interference. Extreme partisans like Steve Bannon have no place on the NSC, so I’m grateful that you’ve taken a stand
  • Thank CNN host Don Lemon: for calling out commentator Paris Dennard for making fake news and telling lies.
    • Send a note: Don Lemon, ℅CNN, 10 Columbus Circle, NY, NY 10019
    • Call: 212-275-8030

Election Actions

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

Climate & Environment Actions

Environment Issures
  • Petitions – make this tombstone go away and tell your Senators to not let Trump dismantle the EPA!
  • Support a very special bumblebee.  Write: Office of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20240
    • Script: Use a postcard. Draw a bumblebee and add the caption: “Bees are not optional. List the rusty-patched bumblebee as endangered.”
  • Protect the planet at the state level.
    • Call: Your governor’s office.
    • Script: Hi! I’m a constituent calling from _ZIP_. I’m concerned about Scott Pruitt’s appointment to the Environmental Protection Administration. Since he will not pursue the planet’s interests, I’m asking _governor name_ to make a public statement about our climate crisis and support efforts in Oregon to reverse the trend
  • Write a personal comment letter in support of the Conservative Alternative to protect the Marbled Murrelet and about timber cutting levels in the Long-Term Conservation Strategy – both are due by March 9, 5PM.
    • Comments should be submitted to the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Center:
    • sepacenter@dnr.wa.gov or
    • SEPA Center, PO Box 47015, Olympia, WA 98504-7015.
    • Subject line for Marbled Murrelet comments should include “SEPA File No. 12-042001”
    • See letter at bottom
    • Subject line for Long-Term Conservation Strategy timber-cutting level comments should include “SEPA File No. 15-012901”
    • See letter at bottom
  • Submit, electronically, your concerns about US Navy Growler Electronic Warfare practice on the Olympic Peninsula at this website:
  • Petition – stop Enbridge from increasing the capacity of its Alberta Clipper pipeline:
  • Petition congress to save the Endangered Species Act:
Climate Change Issues

 

  • Letter addressing Marbled Murrelet protection:

To: sepacenter@dnr.wa.gov

Subject:  Comments regarding SEPA File No. 12-042001

I am concerned about the Marbled Murrelet as an indicator species on western Washington forest / species health.  Their 4% population decline per year indicates we have not done enough to protect this animal.  The alternatives proposed, all of them, forecast species extermination in the next few decades.  Only the most favorable alternatives and the most favorable assumptions predict species survival.  These alternatives are not acceptable.

I strongly recommend a supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) be submitted and evaluated.  This supplemental EIS should include Alternative F plus additional measures to protect or enhance the old growth habitat essential for species survival and increasing the volume of habitat protected.  It appears that only through these measures can we prevent species extinction.

In addition, the following factors must be considered:

Climate change:  The partial inclusion of climate change effects, attributed to modeling difficulties, is not acceptable.  In fact, conservative impacts of likely climate change factors should be used.  Climate change science forecasts severe species stress and significant species extinction.  These factors cannot be under-represented.

Environmental disturbances:  From enlarging timber harvest buffers around habitat and nesting areas, restricting road building and blasting activities to eliminating proposed USN Growler electronic warfare overflights, all these factors must be diligently considered in the EIS.  In particular, USN proposed Growler electronic warfare training is particularly egregious due to extremely loud noise profiles and low flight altitudes.  The noise profiles disturb nesting, feeding and mating activities of the Marbled Murrelet.  Low altitude flight profiles increase airborne collisions as the Marbled Murrelet moves between nesting and feeding grounds.

In summary, I strongly request a supplemental EIS, considering the current Alternate F (the conservation alternative) plus additional habitat expansion protection measures and the climate change and environmental disturbances factors.

Thank you,

Kevin Jones

Address

Phone number

Email address

 

  • Letter addressing Long-Term Conservation Strategy timber-cutting level:

To:  sepacenter@dnr.wa.gov

Subject:  Comments regarding SEPA File No. 15-012901

I am concerned about timber harvest levels proposed for western Washington.  One of the critical concerns is species extinction, specifically the Marbled Murrelet, whose population decline of over 4% per year does not allow species survival.

Analysis of the Marbled Murrelet protection alternatives indicates more old growth and undisturbed forest is needed.  Timber cutting proposals that ignore this issue, which has not yet been adequately addressed, are not founded in the best available science.  This is not acceptable.

Another critical problem is the additional forest and species stress likely to occur through climate change.  Climate science forecasts significant species stress and likely species extinction.  Forest removal is a further threat to these species.  This factor has not been adequately addressed.

Finally, I strongly recommend a joint task force to evaluate simultaneous revenue generation and habitat restoration.  Governor Jay Inslee and Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz should be encouraged to initiate this task force.  The task force should focus on strategies that will identify revenue generation alternatives to timber resource extraction and fully credit the value of a healthy forest environment to tourism associated with economically viable rural communities.

Thank you,

Kevin Jones

Address

Phone number

Email address

  • Email from REI, in response to my request they not renew their US Bank contract, a DAPL funder:

From: Memberships Generic E-mail box
Sent: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 3:20 PM
Subject: Your Inquiry to REI

Hello,

Thank you for your email regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline.

We appreciate hearing from our members on the issues that matter.  In this instance, we have elevated these concerns clearly and on several occasions to senior executives at US Bank.

US Bank assures us that they do not directly provide project financing for the Dakota Access Pipeline.

There is some discussion publicly, however, that the bank has, with a group of banks, contributed to a line of credit that energy companies involved have access to.  That is as much as we know.

Concerning our relationship with US Bank, REI is in the middle of a multi-year contract covering the REI MasterCard.  Please know that feedback, including yours, will be considered when the contract comes up for renewal.

These issues are complex and so we weigh decisions carefully with the long-term interests of the co-op and the outdoors, front of mind.  As part of that process, we appreciate that we will have customers and members who do not agree with every outcome, but we value hearing from you on important topics like these.  It helps us to form a full picture as we work to provide the highest quality service.

Please also know that REI has a longstanding and broad commitment to stewarding the outdoors and to running our business as sustainably as possible.  As you are likely aware, we invest millions of dollars annually in more than 300 non-profit organizations who help to protect, nurture and create access for recreation in the outdoors.

Thank you again for your email and for your engagement with REI.  Your choice to shop with REI directly funds our efforts to support those non-profits.

Regards,

REI Membership Services

Civil Rights Actions

Healthcare Actions

  • Petitions – Support Social Security and Medicare:
  • UPDATE: Senators Murry and Cantwell vote AGAINST lower cost drug imports – whAAAT??
    Two weeks ago we reported that our Washington senators Cantwell and Murray voted AGAINST the Sanders amendment to allow lower cost imported medications, citing a “lack of consumer protection” in the legislation.  We also mentioned Patty Murray’s Facebook post that says (paraphrasing) “we’re committed to making this happen and we are working with Senator Sanders on a bill that will include important consumer protections”.
    At this time, there is evidence that Sen Wyden (D-Or) has developed an amendment (SA 175) which calls for “Changes in laws … shall bring down the price of drugs as promised by the President-Elect”, which Senator Murray apparently supports (but is not a co-sponsor).  However, this amendment has not yet been proposed (this is still the situation as of 11PM, 2/9/17), meaning it is not yet being considered by the Senate (https://www.congress.gov/amendment/115th-congress/senate-amendment/175 ).

    • Action:  Who would like to visit the Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell Seattle offices to talk with them about this promised legislation?  Let me know by return email and I will work with you to find a day / time to accommodate.

Gun Safety Actions

  • No actions this week

Education Actions

  • No actions this week

Foreign Policy/Defense Actions

  • Action: Support investigation of Russian interference in US elections.
    • On January 6, an official report of the CIA, FBI, and NSA assessed with high confidence that Vladimir Putin ordered a 2016 campaign to undermine public faith in the US democratic process. Thankfully, three Senate and House bipartisan committees are now examining Russia’s actions.
    • Call: Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
      • Chair, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) 202-224-3154 (press 2)
      • Ranking Mmbr, Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) 202-224-2023 (press 1)
    • Call: House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
      • Chair, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) 202-225-2523
      • Ranking Member, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) 202-225-4176
    • Call: Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism
      • Chair, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) 202-224-5972 (press 1)
      • Ranking Member, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) 202-224-2921
    • Script: Hi! I’m calling in regard to _name’s_ role on the _committee name_. I strongly support his work on resisting attempts to “move on” from Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. I am looking forward to learning the outcome of the committee’s findings.
    • Also call your senators:  Ask them to fully support investigations into the Trump White House and Trump Campaign involvement with Russia, to disclose the results of the investigation and to hold individuals to account to the fullest extent provided by law.
  • Petitions – tell the GOP to demand an independent investigation into Trump and his connections to Russia:
  • Petition – Urge your members of Congress to cosponsor the Markey-Lieu bill, which would prohibit the president from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war from Congress:  Yeah, that sounds like a good idea.  Note the “first strike” emphasis.  Retaliation?  Still a no holds barred situation…

Miscellaneous Actions

Photo of the Week

Mountain Side Picture
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 4

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Urgent Actions

  • Deadline Friday, 2/17/2017 – Get big $ out of politics – read the legislation summary, then call WA State members of congress listed at the end of the legislation.
  • Saturday, 2/18/2017:  Backbone Indivisible Chapter meeting, Open Space, 1PM.  Sign up here.
  • Call our Member of Congress and ask them to schedule a Town Hall meeting during the Congressional Recess this next week.

General Actions

Vashon-Activism (get local – join a team)
  • 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:
    • Sign up here
  • 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
Letter to REI

Subject:  US Bank Contract renewal – bad policy

I understand you want to hear from REI members who support the Standing Rock Sioux and stand against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

I am opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline, which has not completed Environmental Impact Statement assessment, have not addressed the risk of pipeline breakage and have not considered the climate change damage that will result if the fossil fuel the pipeline carries is brought to market.

As an environmentally friendly company, who sponsors our ability to appreciate our natural world, it is inconsistent that you would do business with financial institutions who invest in projects that are likely to harm the environment.

Please review your policies and divest from financial institutions that support the Dakota Access Pipeline.

http://www.naturalnews.com/055870_Sunoco_pipeline_leak_environmental_damage.html

http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/22/us/california-oil-spill/index.html

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-pipeline-santa-barbara-coast-20150519-story.html

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/1/21/oil-pipeline-burst.html

Thanks,

Your Name

REI #  xxxxxx

Praise

  • Supporting presidential tax transparency
    • Write: Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) (221 Dirksen Senate Office Bldg.
      Washington, D.C., 20510), Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) (136 Hart Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510), and Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) (241 Cannon Building, Washington, D.C. 20515).
    • Script: Thank you for introducing your Presidential Tax Transparency bill in the _Senate or House_. I’m grateful for your efforts to obtain President Trump’s tax returns and those of future presidents and nominees. Name, State
  • Advocating for ethics and integrity
    • Write: Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), 367 Valley Brook Ave., Lyndhurst, NJ 07071.
    • Script: Thank you for recommending a way forward to releasing Trump’s tax returns. Transparency is important!  Name, State
  • More kudos to Wa State AG Bob Ferguson (360-753-6200): 
    • On Feb 16, by a unanimous vote of 9-0, the Wa State Supreme Court Justices held that it is illegal in Washington for a business to offer services to opposite-sex couples and yet refuse those services to same-sex partners.

Election Actions

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

Climate & Environment Actions

The Environment
  • Support the water protectors at Standing Rock
    • Trump recently said that he’s gotten “no calls” complaining about the Dakota Access Pipeline (source).
    • Use your voice: Use the White House contact page, Twitter, or Facebook to tell Trump you do have a complaint about DAPL.
    • Script: By failing to do an environmental study on the impact of the DAPL pipeline under Lake Oahe, we are violating a sacred agreement and legal treaty rights. I oppose this action and am asking for the environmental study to proceed.My letter to the White House is here.
  • Another Defund DAPL opportunity:
    • Are you a member of REI who supports Standing Rock?
    • REI member services is taking feedback on their contract renewal with US Bank in light of US bank’s decision to invest in the Dakota Access Pipeline. They are “taking feedback seriously” as a cooperative and “socially responsible” company.
    • Email them at Member@REI.com
  • Oppose legislation that makes corruption easier.
    • Companies that extract oil and other resources abroad should not be allowed to bribe those countries’ officials and cover it up (source).
    • Call: Both your senators .
    • Script: Hi! I’m a constituent from ZIP. Do you know how _senator_ plans to vote on overturning the Cardin-Lugar anti-corruption rule? I’m concerned because overturning it would make corruption easier for oil companies and increase poverty in other countries. I am asking my senator to defend Section 1504 and stand up against corruption and poverty.
  • Petition – Defend Alaska’s wildlife from Congressional Attack:
  • Petition – Don’t let oil companies destroy the Arctic:
Climate Change
Letter to the White House regarding DAPL Pipeline:

To the current administration,

Despite statements in opposition to my strongly held belief, I and many others do indeed have concerns about the executive order that authorizes resumption of work on the Dakota Access Pipeline.  It is critical that the Environmental Impact Statement be fully reviewed and the pipeline not allowed to proceed if the environmental impacts are not justified.

I personally believe they are not justified.  For example, multiple recent news reports show that pipelines break, leak and cause severe drinking water and environmental damage.  Here are just a few recent articles:

http://www.naturalnews.com/055870_Sunoco_pipeline_leak_environmental_damage.html

http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/22/us/california-oil-spill/index.html

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-pipeline-santa-barbara-coast-20150519-story.html

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/1/21/oil-pipeline-burst.html

In addition to this risk to our drinking water there is the risk to our climate due to the combustion of the fossil fuels transported by this proposed pipeline.    As you have heard from senior GOP statesmen like former Secretary of State Jim Baker and former Secretary of State George Shultz, Climate Change is real, is caused by human combustion of fossil fuels and threatens to damage waterfront communities, species extinction, ocean acidification and agriculture.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/gop-senior-statesmen-making-push-for-a-carbon-tax/ar-AAmIpLz?li=AA5a8k&ocid=spartanntp

Your discussions with former Vice President Al Gore would have addressed this same risk.

So yes, I am very concerned about the Dakota Access Pipeline, the potential damage to drinking water and the damage to the climate caused by combustion of the fossil fuels the pipeline transports to market.

In conclusion, by failing to do an environmental study on the impact of the DAPL pipeline under Lake Oahe, we are violating a sacred agreement and legal treaty rights. I oppose this action.

Please use the power of your office to direct the environmental study to proceed.

Civil Rights Actions

Healthcare Actions

  • No Actions this week
  • UPDATE: Senators Murry and Cantwell vote AGAINST lower cost drug imports – whAAAT??
    Two weeks ago we reported that our Washington senators Cantwell and Murray voted AGAINST the Sanders amendment to allow lower cost imported medications, citing a “lack of consumer protection” in the legislation.  We also mentioned Patty Murray’s Facebook post that says (paraphrasing) “we’re committed to making this happen and we are working with Senator Sanders on a bill that will include important consumer protections”.
    At this time, there is evidence that Sen Wyden (D-Or) has developed an amendment (SA 175) which calls for “Changes in laws … shall bring down the price of drugs as promised by the President-Elect”, which Senator Murray apparently supports (but is not a co-sponsor).  However, this amendment has not yet been proposed (this is still the situation as of 11PM, 2/9/17), meaning it is not yet being considered by the Senate (https://www.congress.gov/amendment/115th-congress/senate-amendment/175 ).

    • Action:  Who would like to visit the Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell Seattle offices to talk with them about this promised legislation?  Let me know by return email and I will work with you to find a day / time to accommodate.

Financial Actions

Get Big $ Out of Politics
  • SB 5108 is exactly the type of “get money out of politics” legislation that we need…and our State Government Committee in Olympia is planning to ignore it! Read this common-sense legislation and then contact the members of the State Government Committee and ask that they vote to move this bill from committee to the Senate Floor for a vote. Take the time, make the call, write the email…
    • DEADLINE IS TOMORROW, FEBRUARY 17TH.
    • CONTACT THESE INDIVIDUALS:
      • Mark Miloscia (R), Chair – Mark.Miloscia@leg.wa.gov
        Phone: 206-212-6153 (Federal Way), 360-786-7658 (Olympia)
      • Hans Zeiger (R) – Hans.zeiger@leg.wa.gov
        Phone: 360-786-7648 (Olympia)
      • Sam Hunt (D) – Sam.hunt@leg.wa.gov
        Phone: 360-786-7642 (Olympia)
      • Patty Kuderer (D) – Patty.kuderer@leg.wa.gov
        Phone: 360-786-7694 (Olympia)
      • Kirk Pearson (R) – Kirk.Pearson@leg.wa.gov
        Phone: 360-786-7676 (Olympia)

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:

Sec. 1.

The legislature finds that the public has the right to know who is contributing to election campaigns in Washington state and that campaign finance disclosure deters corruption, increases public confidence in Washington state elections, raises the level of debate, and strengthens our representative democracy.

The legislature finds that campaign finance disclosure is overwhelmingly supported by the citizens of Washington state as evidenced by the two initiatives that largely established Washington’s current system. Both passed with more than seventy-two percent of the popular vote, as well as winning margins in every
county in the state.

One of the cornerstones of Washington state’s campaign finance disclosure laws is the requirement that political advertisements disclose the sponsor and the sponsor’s top five donors. Many political action committees have avoided this important transparency requirement by funneling money from political action committee to political action committee so the top five donors listed are deceptive political action committee names rather than the real donors. The legislature finds that this practice, sometimes called “gray money” or “donor washing,” undermines the intent of Washington state’s campaign finance laws and impairs the transparency required for fair elections and a healthy democracy.

Therefore, the legislature intends to close this disclosure loophole, increase transparency and accountability, raise the level of discourse, deter corruption, and strengthen confidence in the election process by prohibiting political committees from receiving an overwhelming majority of its funds from one or a combination of political committees.

Gun Safety Actions

  • No actions this week

Education Actions

  • No actions this week

Foreign Policy/Defense Actions

  • Action: Support investigation of Russian interference in US elections.
    • On January 6, an official report of the CIA, FBI, and NSA assessed with high confidence that Vladimir Putin ordered a 2016 campaign to undermine public faith in the US democratic process. Thankfully, three Senate and House bipartisan committees are now examining Russia’s actions.
    • Call: Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
      • Chair, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) 202-224-3154 (press 2)
      • Ranking Mmbr, Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) 202-224-2023 (press 1)
    • Call: House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
      • Chair, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) 202-225-2523
      • Ranking Member, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) 202-225-4176
    • Call: Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism
      • Chair, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) 202-224-5972 (press 1)
      • Ranking Member, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) 202-224-2921
    • Script: Hi! I’m calling in regard to _name’s_ role on the _committee name_. I strongly support his work on resisting attempts to “move on” from Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. I am looking forward to learning the outcome of the committee’s findings.
    • Also call your senators:  Ask them to fully support investigations into the Trump White House and Trump Campaign involvement with Russia, to disclose the results of the investigation and to hold individuals to account to the fullest extent provided by law.
  • Petitions – tell the GOP to demand an independent investigation into Trump and his connections to Russia:
  • Petition – Urge your members of Congress to cosponsor the Markey-Lieu bill, which would prohibit the president from launching a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war from Congress:  Yeah, that sounds like a good idea.  Note the “first strike” emphasis.  Retaliation?  Still a no holds barred situation…

Miscellaneous Actions

  • No opportunities for action this week

Photo of the Week

Mountain Side Picture
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 3

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Urgent Actions

Nothing particularly urgent this week.

General Actions

Praise

…and inspiration – The Seattle Wishing Tree (Thanks Linda!):

Read about the Wishing Tree here!

Bob Ferguson, Wa State AG

Bob successfully obtained a Trump Immigration Ban restraining order which applies to the entire country! And, today, it still stands!

If you haven’t thanked Bob yet…. : 360-753-6200 (Olympia)

From Bob’s email this afternoon:
“Just moments ago, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled against restoring Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration and refugees.”

Petition – Thank senators who opposed Betsy DeVoss:

Say thanks by signing this petition!

 34th District Democrats

Couldn’t make the 34th Legislative Democrats “Resist Trump” meeting last night? Words from David Ginsberg, Chair, 34th District Democrats:

The attendance last night was inspiring, staff at the Hall at Fauntleroy put the headcount provided by Indivisible West Seattle.

Per usual, the can be found on the West Seattle Blog here.

Planned Parenthood

Sign on to say thanks to the dedicated staff at Planned Parenthood clinics around the country!

Miscellaneous

Nordstrom dropped Ivanka Trump’s clothing line – Buy something from Nordy’s today!

Election Actions

Return US House and Senate to Democratic control

Climate & Environment Actions

The Environment
Climate Change

Civil Rights Actions

Healthcare Actions

  • Petition – Protect Planned Parenthood:
  • Petition – Democratic Governor’s Association – Protect the Affordable Care Act:
  • UPDATE: Senators Murry and Cantwell vote AGAINST lower cost drug imports – whAAAT??
    Two weeks ago we reported that our Washington senators Cantwell and Murray voted AGAINST the Sanders amendment to allow lower cost imported medications, citing a “lack of consumer protection” in the legislation.  We also mentioned Patty Murray’s Facebook post that says (paraphrasing) “we’re committed to making this happen and we are working with Senator Sanders on a bill that will include important consumer protections”.
    At this time, there is evidence that Sen Wyden (D-Or) has developed an amendment (SA 175) which calls for “Changes in laws … shall bring down the price of drugs as promised by the President-Elect”, which Senator Murray apparently supports (but is not a co-sponsor).  However, this amendment has not yet been proposed (this is still the situation as of 11PM, 2/9/17), meaning it is not yet being considered by the Senate (https://www.congress.gov/amendment/115th-congress/senate-amendment/175 ).

    • Action:  Who would like to visit the Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell Seattle offices to talk with them about this promised legislation?  Let me know by return email and I will work with you to find a day / time to accommodate.

Financial Actions

  • Get Big $ Out of Politics
    • No opportunities for action this week

Gun Safety Actions

Education Actions

A silver lining in the cloud of the DeVoss “tiebreaker” nomination???

NO MANDATE!

Unfortunately, we are likely to see even more of this…:

Betsy Satire photo

Foreign Policy/Defense Actions

Miscellaneous Actions

  • No opportunities for action this week

Photo of the Week

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.