Weekly Actions

Weekly Actions: Week 25

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Urgent Actions

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

General Actions

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

Praise

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

Election Actions

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

Climate & Environment Actions

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

Civil Rights Actions

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

Healthcare Actions

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

Financial Actions

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

Gun Safety Actions

  • No actions this week

Education Actions

  • No actions this week

Foreign Policy/Defense Actions

  • No actions this week

Miscellaneous Actions

  • No actions this week

Photo of the Week

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Contact Elected Officials

Find your elected officials here!

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

Weekly Actions: Week 22

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Urgent Actions

Nothing particularly urgent this week.

General Actions

General Information

Praise

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

Election Actions

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

Climate & Environment Actions

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

Civil Rights Actions

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

Healthcare Actions

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

Financial Actions

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

Gun Safety Actions

  • No actions this week

Education Actions

Foreign Policy/Defense Actions

  • No actions this week

Miscellaneous Actions

  • No actions this week

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 19

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Urgent Actions

General Actions

General Information
Vashon-Activism (get local – join a team)
  • Want a Democratic controlled Wa State Senate?  Willing to lend some time to make it happen?
    • Help elect Manka Dhingra and take back the Wa State Senate for Democrats in 2017.   Help with canvassing in the 45th district (Redmond area).
    • When: Saturdays and Sundays
    • Time: 10 am and 1 pm
    • Location: 8151 164th Ave NE, Redmond WA 98052 (signs posted in front – we share the building with a Japanese language school)
    • Schedule:
      • 20 minute training on campaign messaging and canvassing techniques
      • 10 minute Q+A period
      • 2 – 2.5 hour canvassing period (subject to group availability)
    • More info – contact:  
      • Lainie Ferguson, Field Organizer – Friends of Manka
      • 360-431-9355
      • lainie@electmanka.com

Praise

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

Election Actions

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

Climate & Environment Actions

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

Civil Rights Actions

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

Healthcare Actions

Financial Actions

Economy/Income Inequality
Get Big Money Out of Politics

Gun Safety Actions

  • No actions this week

Education Actions

  • No actions this week

Foreign Policy/Defense Actions

  • No actions this week

Miscellaneous Actions

  • No actions this week

Photo of the Week

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Contact Elected Officials

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 18

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Urgent Actions

Nothing particularly urgent this week.

General Actions

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

Praise

  • None this week

Election Actions

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

Climate & Environment Actions

The Environment
Climate Change

Civil Rights Actions

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

Healthcare Actions

Financial Actions

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

Gun Safety Actions

  • No actions this week

Education Actions

  • No actions this week

Foreign Policy/Defense Actions

  • No actions this week

Miscellaneous Actions

Photo of the Week

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Contact Elected Officials

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 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
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Gun Safety Actions

Education Actions

  • No actions this week

Foreign Policy/Defense Actions

  • No actions this week

Miscellaneous Actions

  • No actions this week

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

Weekly Actions – Week 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

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

Weekly Actions: Week 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
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Education Actions

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

Weekly Actions: Week 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
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Instant Runoff  Voting
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Return US House and Senate to Democratic Control
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Climate & Environment Actions

The Environment
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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
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Criminal Justice Reform
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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
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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
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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

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Foreign Policy/Defense Actions

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Miscellaneous Actions

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

Weekly Actions: Week 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
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Instant Runoff  Voting
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Return US House and Senate to Democratic Control
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Climate & Environment Actions

The Environment
Climate Change
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Civil Rights Actions

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

Financial Actions

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

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Education Actions

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

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Contact Elected Officials

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

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