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Upcoming Events to Support Pro-Democracy Candidates
Folks, there are a LOT of opportunities this week (see below) to become a better informed voter AND to make a difference in the outcome of the November midterms. Please step up now–there are only six weeks left!
Also, Olympia Indivisible is hosting TWO all-member events in October:
Read on for details.
Debates for U.S. Senate, House, Secretary of State Races
The debates will be broadcast by multiple media outlets and will be produced by TVW, the state’s public-affairs network. Details about debate moderators, media panelists and how to submit questions for candidates will be announced in the coming weeks.
Ask OlyFed to Be Forthright about Not Funding Fake Abortion Clinic Donations
Across the United States you will find “crisis pregnancy centers” (also called “CPCs'' or “fake clinics”). These clinics or mobile vans mascarade as health centers, but they have a shady, harmful agenda: to prevent people from making informed choices about their reproductive and sexual health. CPCs target vulnerable patients with misleading advertisements and medically inaccurate information and then scare, shame patients out of getting an abortion.
You can read more about fake “abortion clinics” in Washington in Shaun Dobbins June 21 article in The Olympian.
One such fake clinic here in Olympia is the Options Pregnancy Center on Lilly Rd.
Olympia Federal Savings Bank has been a trusted institution in our community since 1906 and contributes 10 to 15% of profits annually to local charitable endeavors. Unfortunately, that has included donations to Options Pregnancy Clinic.
In private correspondence with a local business this summer, Olympia Federal Savings Bank both acknowledged that they had contributed to Options Pregnancy and committed to making no further such donations in the future. However, OlyFed has yet to go public with this commitment. Such a statement is necessary on two scores:
Olympia Indivisible’s Reproductive Justice Liaison, who is also a long-time OlyFed member, has repeatedly emailed Olympia Federal Savings asking them to make a public statement that they will not contribute to Options, but to date, her requests have gone unanswered.
Action: Ask Olympia Federal Savings Bank CEO Josh Deck to go public with OlyFed’s commitment to no longer make donations to Options Pregnancy Clinic.
Script: Dear Mr. Deck, It has come to my attention that Olympia Federal Savings Bank recently committed to making no further donations to Options Pregnancy Clinic. As a citizen of Thurston County, I commend OlyFed for taking this step. Fake clinics such as Options Pregnancy Clinic prevent people from making informed choices about their reproductive and sexual health and are unworthy of community support.
I ask that Olympia Federal Savings Bank make public its decision to make no further donations to options Pregnancy Clinic. Going on record will not only demonstrate your commitment to community accountability but will also strengthen your record of community leadership.
Thank Bob Ferguson for Supporting Local Journalism
Local, professional journalism is essential to democracy. It can hold local officials accountable, expose corruption and inform the community in ways that national media will never be able to do. When done well, local media invites civic interaction in healthy, ongoing ways. The absence of local media invites extremism and corruption.
Our Attorney General Bob Ferguson is working to support local journalism by working to extend tax breaks that can help local media companies survive. Let's thank him and urge our state representatives to pass his bill. You can learn more here: From The Seattle Times: A new effort to help save local news
Action: Contact or call Attorney General Bob Ferguson and thank him for caring about democracy!
Script: My name is _______. I am a member of Olympia Indivisible. I wish to thank you for your efforts to extend tax breaks to promote local journalism outlets. This is exactly the kind of thoughtful legislation that strengthens democracy. Thank You!
Improve CDC COVID Guidelines
We are asking for funding the COVID response: free tests, free masks, free treatment, more research!
With 400+ deaths a day from COVID in the US alone, child hospitalizations on the rise, and a CDC report showing 1 in 5 adults develop Long COVID, the pandemic is far from over. Yet just last week, the CDC released a horrifying set of new, relaxed guidelines.
Join us in calling and writing to the White House and our Congress people to denounce the new guidelines, and demand they use all the tools available to keep us all safe.
Choose ‘Health Care’ for the letter topic.
Action: Click to send this letter to President Biden and our Members of Congress: We need responsible, clear CDC guidelines and resources
Have You Scheduled These Events?
Olympia Indivisible is hosting TWO all-member events in October:
Drinks and Democracy Every Saturday
OI-Co-Founder Lisa Ornstein invites Olympia Indivisible members to her cozy back patio in SE Olympia for a Drinks and Democracy Happy Hour! From 5:30 to 6:30pm, come enjoy a signature house drink on a democratic theme. Non-alcoholic beverages will be on hand as well. Come raise a glass of cheer, catch up with your fellow Indivisiblers, unwind, and build our fellowship.
Action Cafe, Every Monday at noon
Please come to tomorrow's Action Cafe! This weekly Zoom lunch hour gathering is a place to meet, eat, build fellowship and take actions together.
Register HERE. We will send you a Zoom link and tomorrow morning, we'll send you our "menu" with live links for the actions we'll take together.
You Might Also Like to Attend:
Washington Indivisible Network Town Hall with Indivisible co-founder Ezra Levin
When: Sept. 27 at 6:00 PM.
Where: Meeting Registration - Zoom
What: Ready to do the work to get us across the finish line? Come get fired up with Indivisible’s co-founder and co-executive director, Ezra Levin. In this exclusive town hall, we’ll talk about messaging and strategies, and we’ll learn about where you can best put your time, energy, and resources to have the greatest impact here in Washington State to win in November.
Sandy Kaiser for State Representative of LD35
When: Tuesday, Sept. 27th 5:00-7:00 PM
Where: Home of Patti & Robert Bradley 460 SE Collier Rd
Shelton WA, 98584
What: Sandy’s win in the primary election shows her strength as a rural Democrat. Join us in supporting her September 27 on beautiful Hammersley Inlet!
Info: Please carpool if possible. For questions please contact Callie Lahey at FriendsofSandyKaiser@gmail.com or 360-207-5563.
RSVP appreciated but not necessary
LWV Public Forum on Expanding the Number of Commissioners in Thurston County and the Port of Olympia
When: September 28, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Where: Webinar: Register here.
What: This LWV’s public forum will describe two measures that will be on the ballot in November. One measure proposes to expand the number of County Commissioners and the other proposes to expand the number of Port Commissioners. Each board currently has three members, but population growth in Thurston County now allows expansion to five members in each case, if voters approve.
Meet the 35th LD Democratic Candidates
When: Sunday October 2, 2022, 9:30-10:30
Where: William A. Bush Park, 4400 Chardonnay Drive, Lacey
Come share a donut with LD 35 candidates Julianne Gale and Sandy Kaiser!
Meet the 35th LD Democratic Candidates
When: Saturday, October 8, 2022, 1:00 to 2:00 PM
Where: 8005-1 Thrulake Circle Southeast, Olympia WA, 98513
What: Join Host Phyllis Farrell and the three 35th LD Democratic state legislature candidates for a meaningful afternoon of iced tea, cookies, and friendly conversation.
Want to see what local grassroots activism looks like?
Watch this Sept. 6 rally video of Tye Menser, Carolina Mejia, and Julianne Gale with citizens from across Washington calling for an end to clearcutting legacy forests by the DNR. Thank you Garrett for documenting this!
Urgent Fundraising Appeal for Trail Building at Cooper Crest
There is a need for an additional $20K in the next 2-3 weeks to establish trails at Cooper Crest. We have nowhere else to turn right now than to you, our community. We urgently need your support. Background and donation information here.