Quote of the Week:
“The spreading crisis in Israel and Gaza tears at our hearts and inflames our passions. Facts are hard to confirm, the words of war are triggering, and confirmation bias is rampant. We expect you’re experiencing the unsettling discovery that dear friends are, perhaps for the first time, not aligned with you.
Now is when the lessons of disinformation-fighting are most crucial and most difficult. Fear mongers win when we are divided and feel threatened. Truth-seekers prevail when we stop, breathe and hold on to the certainty of values we share: respect for human life and dignity regardless of race, ethnicity or religion, and for the critical thought that acknowledges complexity and nuance.” –Indivisible Truth Brigade, Oct. 27, 2023
Campaigns, Get Active:
OI Endorsed Candidates from top left to right: Maggie Sanders, Sarah Tonge, Jasmine Vasavada, Emily Clouse, Wayne Fournier
Action: Stay Updated on General Candidate Support Opportunities
Access OI’s Endorsed webpage for the latest opportunities to help our endorsed candidates turn out the vote for the upcoming General Election. At any time put the words Olympia Indivisible in your browser and you will find our website.
Action: Here are campaign opportunities and actions:
Special OI sign waving for our candidates. Olympia Indivisible will be turning out for sign waving at the following dates and times. If you have a candidate's sign, please bring it; other signs will be available. Sign up here.
Last Lit Drop for All Our Candidates on Saturday November 4, 10:30 am - 1 pm. You will be delivering campaign literature to doorsteps–you WON'T be ringing doorbells or asking to speak to voters. Register HERE for details.
Last canvassing for Emily Close, Sarah Tonge, and Maggie Sanders every Saturday and Sunday through November 4, 3-00 to 5:30 PM
Download the MiniVAN canvassing app on your phone at this link. Training, walking lists, and campaign flyers will be provided! Just bring a love for your community, water, and sunscreen. Sign up on this form for location.
Protect the White Mountain National Forest
From our friends at Climate Forests
White Mountain National Forest lies within the White Mountains in New Hampshire and Maine. After near-total forest clearing during the 1800s, the forests at the foot of the Sandwich Range in New Hampshire have regrown and matured, and many have been unlogged since agricultural abandonment. These healthy, mature forests store vast amounts of carbon and recent studies show that unlogged forests in the Northeast will continue to accumulate and store far more carbon than is contained in logged forests or in wood products.
Logging and burning these carbon-dense forests would immediately release significant amounts of carbon into the atmosphere. President Biden issued an Executive Order in 2022 directing the Forest Service to conserve mature forests just like those targeted for logging in the Sandwich Vegetation Management Project. The White Mountain National Forest last revised its management plan in 2005, and climate change was given little attention at the time. Forest Plans are required by law to be revised after 15 years, and it is time that the federal forest managers in the Northeast begin to factor carbon storage and climate resilience into their management decisions.
Action: Send a letter to Jim Innes, District Ranger, Forest Service, Saco Ranger District, White Mountain National Forest asking him to protect mature forests in the White Mountain National Park.
Push Back Against Hate Crimes
Solidarity Against Hate Crimes. Photo Credit: Becker 1999
Source: The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. The Leadership Conference is a 501(c) 4 non-profit coalition founded in 1950 and charged by its diverse membership of more than 230 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States.
Background: Read this Sept. 8, 2023 letter from the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights to the Federal Director of the Domestic Policy Council.
Action: Email President Biden and ask him to share what his administration is doing to address hate crimes.
Script: Script: Hello, I’m contacting you from Washington state because I’m deeply troubled by the ongoing rise of hate crimes nationwide. During this Hate Crimes Awareness Month, the American public deserves to know what progress has been made on the administration’s 2022 plan to counter hate-fueled violence. I join with The Leadership Conference in calling on you to meet with civil rights actors and publicly report on the progress made toward these critical initiatives.
Advocate for the Ban of Assault Weapons
If you want to take action in the wake of yet another mass shooting (this time in Lewiston, ME), here is an opportunity to focus some special attention on Democratic Senators Jon Tester of Montana, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Jacky Rosen of Nevada, along with independent Senators Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Angus King of Maine. These Senators not only haven’t yet co-sponsored the Assault Weapons Ban Act, but voted JUST YESTERDAY in support of an amendment making it easier for veterans with mental disabilities to get guns.
Action: Call one or more of these Senators and let them know you want them to become co-sponsors of the Assault Weapons Ban Act.
Your Work Pays Off:
Scholastic Reverses Course on Isolating Books on Race and Gender
For those of you who attended Action Cafe last week and took the time to write letters to Scholastic, please know that your activism produced results! Thursday, October 26th, Scholastic announced that it was halting the practice it initiated earlier this fall of separating books with LGBTQ+ and racial themes into an optional collection for school book fairs. News coverage of this announcement reported that Scholastic’s change of policy was the result of pointed criticism from authors, educators, parents, and citizens like us!
Have You Scheduled This Event?
Action Cafe 2023, Every Monday at Noon
OI members meet, make new friends, and take actions together. Every Cafe comes with a side order of live music and a heapin’ helpin’ of good cheer!
Cafe patrons receive an email on Sunday with a sneak-peek at what we'll do at the cafe the next day. On Monday morning, Chef Lisa will send you a pdf "Menu" which has links to the actions we'll take together at the Cafe.
Action: Register HERE. We will send you a Zoom link and tomorrow morning, Chef Lisa will send your "menu."
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