Contacts: Senator Cantwell:(202) 224-3441 Senator Murray: 202-224-2621 Congressman Heck: 360-459-8514
How to Protect You and Your Family from COVID-19, and Where Is Our State Heading?
We have all seen too much information about COVID-19 recently. Now is the time to focus on some accurate and reassuring information from experts. The following links provide very valuable information about ways to protect you and your family during this difficult time. The video of Dr. David Price from the Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City provides reassuring and practical advice on the ways to protect yourself and your family. The article from the Washington Post by Joseph G. Allen, assistant professor of exposure and assessment science and director of the Healthy Buildings Program at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health provides reassuring details about the low risk of shopping, getting delivery or accepting packages.
In addition, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington developed forecasts of COVID-19 impacts on hospital beds, ICU beds, ventilators, and deaths in the next 4 months. The forecasts cover every state in the United States, and the forecasts show the resources needed as well as the predicted shortages.
ACTION: Click on the following links for detailed information about each topic. Then be safe!
Video of Dr. David Price. This is very valuable, somewhat reassuring and definitely worth the time.
Washington Post article on safe shopping tips:
UW projection models:
EPA Just Gave Polluters an Open License to Pollute
This week, under pressure from Oil and Gas companies, the EPA abdicated its oversight responsibility to enforce pollution laws. On Thursday they abruptly waived enforcement on a range of legally mandated public health and environmental protections, saying industries could have trouble complying with them during the coronavirus pandemic. The Washington Post reported that “The EPA’s decision was sweeping, forgoing fines or other civil penalties for companies that failed to monitor, report or meet some other requirements for releasing hazardous pollutants.”
If the EPA were doing its job, they would find realistic ways to work with industry through this crisis, not relinquish its authority. They clearly are using this crisis as an excuse to roll back EPA oversight and favor industry over public safety.
ACTION: Call our members of Congress with this simple message:
“I am calling because last week the EPA announced they were giving blanket waivers to industries and would forgo fines or civil penalties for releasing hazardous pollutants during the COVID crisis. This is clearly an attempt to dismantle EPA’s authority and oversight powers. I want __________ to exercise their leadership and insist that the EPA do their job through this crisis, rather than telling polluters nothing will happen if they pollute.
Ask our MoCs to fight for a rent / mortgage holiday
Congress and the Trump administration are touting the 2 trillion-dollar relief bill, that by most reporting, is once again big bucks for large corporations and a $1200 check for the rest of us. But there is something Congress can do that will help everybody, at least temporarily, and that would be a three month or longer, mortgage and rent holiday. Some financial institutions offer people mortgage holidays during personal financial setbacks.
Today, however, we have an economic crisis like we’ve never seen before. The primary role of government is to provide security for its citizens and staying shelter is the first line of defense.
A mortgage and rent holiday that is nationwide and covers everyone will help families and small business owners alike. It will help everyone immediately and it is simple to put into place. This should also include utilities, such as water and power, but let’s begin with mortgages and rent.
ACTION: Call our MOCs!
Script: My name is ____ and I’m a member of OI. I’m calling to ask you to introduce a bill that will mandate a three-month mortgage and rent holiday for everyone paying a mortgage or rent. I’m also asking that you get out in front of this, recruit your colleagues in Congress and get on all the TV networks touting the advantages of this measure in providing immediate and necessary relief to all. The GOP won’t like, financial institutions will have to show some patriotism and make a sacrifice, but the public will love it. Now, more than ever, it’s time to show leadership when there isn’t any in the White House.
Stand Up for Returning Peace Corps Volunteers
On March 15, all 7,000 plus Peace Corps Volunteers worldwide were recalled, told to evacuate back to the United States and then were essentially fired by the State Department through the Director of Peace Corps. One concern - is this just another attack of the Trump regime’s America First policy? Have they been able to leave their country of assignment? Are there any volunteers still left in-country unable to fly home?
Another question for asking our MoCs, are the returning volunteers being giving any support or guidance on how to repatriate back to the US? Do they have a home to go to, do they have to quarantine for 14 days, what financial support should they receive? As of March 15, 2019, U of W was in the Top 5 for sending volunteers into the Peace Corps. These folks leave the comforts of the US for over two years to help better the lives of many citizens of other nations. Let’s make sure they are being treated right.
ACTION: Call and ask if our Senators and Congressman know if all the volunteers have been able to repatriate and what assistance are, they receiving once they arrive back to their homes.
Thurston County Food Bank needs your financial support now!
That's why we are asking you to make a one-time donation as soon as possible. We will send a check from OI with our OI member donations.
The TC Food Bank also need volunteers to help bag food at their Mottman Road warehouse. If you or someone you know can help, tell them to just show up between 8:30 - 4:00 at 2260 Mottman Road SW (across the road from South Puget Sound Community College, next to the NAPA Auto.) The volunteers work safely -- good distances apart.
ACTION: A donation to the food bank is something you can do from home! Simply go to the OI website. At the top on the far right, pull down the MORE tab. Click on DONATE and you're there. You'll see a page with the same information as below, or use this link https://www.olympiaindivisible.org/donate.html
Donate online through Google Wallet or PayPal. Or, you can send a check made out to Olympia Indivisible:
P.O. Box 2616
Olympia, WA 98507
Blood Donors Needed in Thurston County
Potential blood donors are exempt from stay-at-home orders in Washington and Oregon, which do not include essential health services, such as those provided by Bloodworks Northwest’s Olympia Center and its donors. Bloodworks Northwest has transitioned from allowing walk-ins, to scheduled appointments only at all Bloodworks donor centers, and spread appointments out, to ensure safe social distancing and a controlled environment and experience for donors.
ACTION: Contact them at 800-398-7888 or schedule.bloodworksnw.org.
Olympia Indivisible Members TGIF Gathering canceled until further notice.