This Is the Week to Push for DC Statehood!
(This Indivisible ad will be tailored to run in 6 states.)
D.C. statehood is a crucial part of reforming our democracy to work better for all people. More than 700,000 D.C. residents, the majority of whom are people of color, are currently living without representation in Congress. (In comparison, Wyoming has only 580,000 residents.) This is an historic injustice and we only have a short window of time to act. We expect the DC statehood bill to come up for a vote in the House in less than 2 weeks, which means we don’t have any time to lose: we need more pressure on Senators to pass the bill when it arrives in their chamber.
Here’s what you can do to help.
First, consider making a donation to help fund Indivisible newspaper ads in the towns of the 6 Democratic senators that have yet to state they will support the bill. This is highly effective pressure. The last six Democratic (or Dem-caucusing) senators who haven’t committed to supporting D.C. statehood when it comes to the Senate are:
So we’re creating targeted messaging to build the most effective pressure for each of them.
These newspaper ads are a crucial, highly visible piece of our plan to make that happen. Thanks for considering donating. You can donate here.
Action: Contact WA Senators
Script: My name is _________ and I am calling as a member of Olympia Indivisible. I want to thank you for supporting DC statehood. As the bill moves through the house in the next few weeks please do everything you can to speak out and raise public awareness for the need to finally correct this historic injustice. DC residents deserve full representation in Congress.
Do not Miss this Chance to Fix the WA Supreme Court Drug Decision
Drug possession bills emerge to address wide-reaching state Supreme Court ruling
On February 25, 2021, the Washington State Supreme Court declared that prosecutors could no longer charge a person with a criminal drug offense.
Justices found the law was unconstitutional because it didn’t require prosecutors to prove an accused person knowingly or intentionally had drugs.
This leaves the courts and the authorities in limbo on what to do with a person holding an illegal drug, meaning that it is no longer a crime to possess a controlled substance.
Several bills were introduced in the 2021 session to assist local authorities in providing behavioral health system responses to individuals with substance use disorder. There are 2 Democrat bills HB 1499 (supported by the ACLU) and SB 5476. The 2 Republican bills are HB 1558 and SB 5475.
The League of Women Voters supports SB 5476.
Action: Send the script to your representatives whose contact information is found on the Olympia Indivisible Our State Representatives page.
Script: My name is _______________ and I am a member of Olympia Indivisible. The recent Washington state Supreme Court ruled the state’s simple drug possession law unconstitutional in its State v. Blake decision.
Now is the time for lawmakers to collaborate across party lines and enact a law during the budget negotiations. We need sensible legislation that begins to transform our response to the drug epidemic from a law enforcement response to a mental health response that is centered in public health, not arrest and incarceration.
I am asking you to work for legislation to fund training of law enforcement and first responders as well as funding for the behavioral health system. Treating substance use disorder as a public health issue rather than a criminal justice issue will save money and lives.
By decriminalizing the possession of personal use amounts of controlled substances and authorizing the use of forensic navigators to refer people for evaluation and treatment is a step in the right direction putting Washington on a new pathway to recovery.
Congratulate Yourself and Fellow OI Members for These Successes in the Washington Legislature, Bills Passed as of 4/11/2021
With the legislative session moving into its final phase of adopting a budget, it is time to take stock on how the legislation that OI supported has fared. Remember, just a few short years ago, OI had a strong focus on federal issues and did not have the knowledge or skills to engage in Olympia with our legislature. Last year and this year we have worked really hard to extend our influence to the state level as well, take a look at what we have accomplished. Here is a list of bills that OI supported that were passed by the Legislature this session. Pretty impressive!
Action: If you are right-handed, reach it over your left shoulder and pat yourself on the back. Those who are left-handed, reach for the right shoulder and follow through. Then, call or email an OI friend to revel in our success!
Sunday Evening Bookends
A Conversation about Books - a Zoom session at 6:30
This is to be a weekly Sunday evening one hour meeting to discuss books.
A recommendation for the first session is "The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race". This is a fascinating 480 page book that is totally relevant to our current lives and the future. The author is Walter Isaacson who has written about other great scientists such as Leonardo da Vinci. Available at Costco for about $21 in Hardback.
Get a beverage and click here to join the conversation starting on Sunday April 11 at 6:30 PM
Save this link where you can find it on Sunday.
If you have any questions, please email me.
Your host, Glen
Bonus Material, No Action Required
Memes are always popular on Facebook. They are quick to read (according to a young friend that is about the length of prose that his age group would possibly want to read), and they are pithy and to the point. Here are a few that did well in this week’s OI Facebook Postings.
Comment: What are we doing to our children?
Comment: White male supremacy is finally hearing from the other side, and about time.
Comment: There are heroes, but they are not in the current Republican Senate.
Comment: And then there was Mitch. Always loyal to himself. Congratulations to Delta and Coca Cola for finally standing up. Now don’t fill that bag behind our backs.