Winning in the Plague Times
We know that all of you are inundated with Corona virus news and information. It is everywhere as the crisis escalates. Nonetheless, we thought we should share the best things we have seen this week in terms of keeping our membership, safe, strong and ready to carry the fight to Trump.
ACTION: Please share these widely.
The Power of washing your hands with Soap. Sent to me by my son.
How China has handeled the crisis and how to protest the government’s poor handling of the crisis.
Rachel Maddow presented this on her show Thursday. Watch starting at 29:00. After the China expert is a professor who was instrumental in getting the government to fight aids telling how those lessons can be applied now. Watch him too.
Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve”A computer simulation showing how “social distancing” (staying away from the herds) significantly reduces the power of the disease to spead.
Coronavirus: Why You Must Act Now
This article makes the case for why we must practice social distancing RIGHT THIS MINUTE. There's specific info about the progression in Washington State.
Thank Nancy Pelosi and Patty Murray for showing what leadership looks like.
Late Friday night or early Saturday morning the House of Representatives passed sweeping legislation to address the COVID-19 crisis. Unlike the Trump administration and the Senate Republicans, the Democrats are standing up for the American people, trying to save families and small businesses from this catastrophe by providing emergency supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2020. It passed 363/40.
H.R. 6201: Families First Corona Virus Response Act, among other things, would:
Trump tweeted Saturday that he would sign this bill, but it still must be passed by the Senate. It wasn’t pressing enough to prevent McConnell from recessing the Senate until late Monday afternoon, when they may take it up.
Thank Sen. Patty Murray for introducing S. 3415: A bill to allow Americans to earn paid sick time so that they can address their own health needs and the health needs of their families. This bill would provide paid sick days immediately to workers in light of COVID-19, and in preparation for future public health emergencies.
ACTION: Call House Speaker Nancy Pelosi 1-202-225-4965
Call Senator Murray’s office 253-572-3636
Thank her for stepping up to protect Americans’ in a time of crisis and showing what true leadership is.
A note from Lisa: Houseless Folks Need Your Help
Hope you are staying in and being safe. Our best bet is to think not so much "how can I stay safe?" but rather "how can I keep others safe?"
Let's stay in as much as possible and stay safe. That being said, there are those in our community who can do neither. And I am putting out an ask: if you have clean blankets, sleeping bags, or tents you can part with, please private message me and I will pick up at doorstep and deliver to PIPE, who are on the front line with our homeless neighbors in Olympia. Thank you.
Election 2020: Trump badly fumbles the coronavirus response, providing one more reason to convince swing voters to reject him
This week, the impacts of the coronavirus really hit home for most of us, and the gravity of the situation is now widely accepted. Much of the electorate is beginning to understand that there will be real costs in many ways as a result of the pandemic, and that those costs will be increased due to the lack of preparation and leadership by the Trump administration.
As a result of their failures, more people will become infected and the death rate will be higher, an economic recession or even depression are more likely, our medical system is more likely to become overwhelmed, more small businesses will go bankrupt, low-income people will suffer more setbacks, more concerts and sporting events will be cancelled, life will be more disrupted.
Trump’s failures should affect the 2020 election.
Trump’s multiple failures in handling the coronavirus pandemic are well documented by the media and are becoming broadly recognized. How can you turn this into Action? Simply by reinforcing the message with friends, neighbors, and relatives who are deciding who to vote for or even whether to vote. Remind them that:
ACTION: Please share these widely. Tell your friends. Tell the people in the long lines at the grocery store.
Support open access to public records
Seattle's National Archives and Records Administration sits on 10 acres across from Magnuson Park. This Sand Point facility became operational and open to the public in 1963, serving WA, OE, ID, AK and tribal nations. A law passed in 2016, tasked the Public Buildings Reform Board to put a list of federal facilities the government wanted to sell and submitted to the Office Management and Budget. With no public comment process before the property goes up for sale. The records would be moved to Missouri or California. After the announcement senators from WA, AK, ID and OR and 8 congressmen signed a letter stating to close archives was a flawed and should be rejected.
ACTION: Call Denny Heck at (360) 459-8514.
Script: Hi. I’m from Olympia Indivisible and I value the essential work of the National Archives and Records Administration to not only preserve history, but also make it useful and accessible to citizens. NARA funding has declined over the past decade, and the administration’s FY 2021 budget calls for further cuts to this crucial resource. Seattle’s Sand Point Facility is scheduled to be closed making the records much harder for citizens to access. I’m asking Representative Heck to sign the Larson/Young/Pascrell “Dear Colleague” letter of support for NARA funding and to stop the sale of Seattle's facility. This regional historical resource must stay in Seattle for the citizens research purposes.
On Hold Arizona Letter Writing
Due to the corona virus, postcard and letter writing parties have been put on hold. But fear not, we are working on a plan for people to stay actively engaged in helping to get out the vote from the comfort of their home. Watch for details soon on how this will work. Let's not lose momentum!
Need something to do while you are sitting around at home?
Remote Phone Banking with Grassroots Democrats HQ and Swing Left. There are new opportunities each week. Go to https://academy.swingleft.org/virtual-phone-banking and watch their short video, then sign up to phone bank at the bottom of that page. You may also want to watch other YouTube videos on phone banking. Here's another. (You can find several more by searching YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-Y8kn0G1yg
Once you sign up, you'll receive an instruction sheet which you can view in advance here:
CANCELED Moving Toward More Progressive State Leadership March 18
Tahoma Universalist Unitarian Church, 1115 So. 56th St, Tacoma
Olympia Indivisible Members TGIF Gathering CANCELED until further notice.
CANCELED Moving Toward More Progressive State Leadership
Gael Tarleton, Candidate for WA Secretary of State, Mike Pelliciotti, Candidate for WA State Treasurer
Sponsored by Indivisible Tacoma, Olympia Indivisible, Indivisible Puyallup and Grey Resistance
Tahoma Universalist Unitarian Church, 1115 So. 56thSt, Tacoma