Take Three Actions Now:
Voting Rights, Keep Up the Pressure
Time is running out.
The U.S. House already has passed two bills essential to the protection of our democracy from the ongoing efforts to subvert it, the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act.
The problem is that House passage isn’t enough. The Senate also needs to pass democracy reform legislation, and Republicans are able to prevent a vote on passage by using the filibuster. Which means, of course, that if we are to protect our democratic process, the filibuster either must be reformed or eliminated.
Defenders of democracy in America still have a slim window of opportunity to act. But time is ticking away, and midnight is approaching. So, let’s keep up that fight:
Action 1: Contact our senators and the White House.
Option A: Contact your representatives by telephone or email.
Call our Senators – again, even if you’ve called before – to emphasize the urgency about preventing the Republicans from running out the clock and do what needs to be done to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act.
Script: My name is ____________. I am a member of Olympia Indivisible in the state of Washington and my zipcode is _____________. Gerrymandering and voter suppression are crippling our democracy. I want voting rights passed in the coming DAYS, not weeks! Change the filibuster and pass the Freedom to Vote and John Lewis Voting Rights Acts. We elected you because we believe you have the skill and determination to protect our country. Act NOW.
Option B: Take this action with one click in Take Action Network (TAN) Keep Up the Pressure for Voting Rights!
Tell the Tumwater City Council to Reject the Port of Olympia’s Proposed Warehouse Development!
The Port is pushing the Tumwater City Council to approve the Interlocal Agreement which gives the green light for a development strongly opposed by members of environmental groups, residents of nearby neighborhoods, and concerned members of the public.
The Port has failed to provide a transparent and democratic process and has ignored the 2018 real estate development guidelines which were created with significant public and stakeholder input for the New Market Industrial Campus. The Port’s Panattoni development should follow the 20-year planning guidelines established in the Real Estate Development Plan for the New Market Industrial Campus and Tumwater Town Center. Areas of public concern should be fully researched and questions sufficiently answered by the Port in its Interlocal Agreement before a vote of approval by the Tumwater City Council.
Action 2: Contact members of the Tumwater City Council by tomorrow, Monday, November 29.
Option A: Contact the Tumwater City Council by email.
Send your comments to all Tumwater City Council Members: email@example.com
Script: My name is __________, and my zip code is ________. As a concerned local resident, I am asking you to vote NO to the Interlocal Agreement (ILA) with the Port of Olympia about the Panattoni warehouse development in the New Market Industrial Campus until all questions from the public have been sufficiently answered about critical areas of concern. The Port must provide a transparent and democratic public process and follow established guidelines in the Real Estate Development Plan for the New Market Industrial Campus.
Option B: Take this action with one click in Take Action Network (TAN)
Reject the Port of Olympia’s Proposed Warehouse Development!
Ask Senator Cantwell to Quickly Confirm Nominees to the FCC
Net neutrality is the principle that everyone should have access to websites and apps, preventing Internet providers like Comcast & Verizon from creating “fast lanes,” censoring content, throttling traffic and even outright blocking access to their competitor’s products. The Obama FCC issued the Open Internet Order in 2015, but in 2017, Trump’s FCC Chair, Ajit Pai, repealed these regulations, putting Internet providers back in control of what we can and can’t access online.
The White House has announced its nominees for the Federal Communications Commission who, if confirmed, can finally undo Ajit Pai’s harmful repeal of net neutrality. But time is tight: we need the Senate Commerce Committee to quickly confirm both these nominees, so they can be voted on by the Senate before the end of the year, or we risk not being able to win back net neutrality in 2022. Senator Cantwell chairs the Senate Commerce Committee, and so, has considerable influence over the process.
Here’s a link to an entertaining video explaining net neutrality
Action 3: Tell Senator Cantwell to expedite the Senate Commerce Committee recommendation of Jessica Rosenworcel and Gigi Sohn to the FCC. Also, in preparation for the full Senate vote, hopefully soon, ask your Senators to Quickly Confirm Nominees to the FCC (TAN Action)
Script: Hello, my name is [NAME] from [CITY, ZIP]. I’m calling to urge Senator Cantwell to quickly move Commerce Committee confirmation of both Jessica Rosenworcel as Chair and Gigi Sohn to the Federal Communications Commission. These candidates are highly qualified and will fight to reinstate net neutrality and to end the digital divide so that all people have affordable Internet access. We need a fully-functional FCC now. Please ensure these candidates will receive concurrent confirmation, and do all you can to reinstate net neutrality.
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