The Legislative Team Has Selected the Top Actions for the Week Of 04/12/20
No New Prisons
Governor Inslee has proposed building a new women's jail at Maple Lane in south Thurston County. The Governor can stop the project, and the Thurston County Commissioners can block the zoning needed for the Thurston County site.
The US incarcerates far more people than any other country in the world. We know our system of punishment does not make us safer. Many of the people in prison are poor, of color, and often have suffered abusive childhoods. With women, these statistics are even more frightening. 98% of people in women’s prisons are survivors of violence. The answer to our high rate of incarceration is decarceration, not more jails.
ACTION: Contact Thurston County Commissioners and Governor Inslee.
My name is [Name] and I am calling because I oppose all new prison and jail construction in Washington state. I am firmly opposed to the Department of Corrections’ plan to build a women’s prison in Grand Mound at the Maple Lane School. A new prison at the Maple Lane school would harm our communities. I want you to stop this project and fight to redirect resources away from criminalizing people and toward basic needs like housing, healthcare, income support, and child care.
Thurston Board of Commissioners
Governor Jay Inslee (360) 902-4111
Thurston County Commissioners
John Hutchings (360) 357-2470 Gary Edwards (360) 786-5747
Tye Menser (360) 786-5414
Support Vote by Mail Option in All States
Trump recently claimed that voting by mail risks a tremendous potential for fraud. In fact, the risk is extremely low, and there are many safeguards against voter fraud. Trump just wants less people to vote. Voting in five states, including Washington, is exclusively by mail. Other states provide the option of absentee ballots, but a few states only provide absentee ballots for cause. During a pandemic, voters should not have to risk their safety in order to exercise their right to vote. We need national rules that require all states to provide the option of no-excuse absentee voting for all voters.
ACTION: Call our Members of Congress, and ask them to support no-excuse absentee voting in all states.
Script: My name is _________________, and I am a member of Olympia Indivisible. I am calling to ask Senator __________ to support no-excuse absentee voting in all states. A few states restrict the use of absentee ballots so their voters must go to the polling places to vote. During a pandemic, voters should not have to risk their safety in order to exercise their voting rights. Please support mail in ballots for all voters. Thank you.
Script: My name is _________________, and I am a member of Olympia Indivisible. I am calling to ask Representative Denny Heck to support no-excuse absentee voting in all states. A few states restrict the use of absentee ballots so their voters must go to the polling places to vote. During a pandemic, voters should not have to risk their safety in order to exercise their voting rights. Please support mail in ballots for all voters. Thank you.
Contacts: Senator Cantwell:(202) 224-3441 Senator Murray: 202-224-2621 Congressman Heck: 360-459-8514
Keep The Post Office Open
In 1775, Benjamin Franklin was appointed as the first Postmaster General by the Continental Congress. The postal system helped to facilitate commerce, and more importantly, it offered an avenue where people could exchange ideas and information. In a way, the postal system set up by Congress worked to unite the confederation of colonies, paving the way for the United States to grow as a nation.
In 2006, the Republicans passed legislation for the USPS to prefund retirement funds for the next 70 years. Republicans assault on the much-needed public service is being carried out by lack of emergency funding (25 Billion) in the third corvid 19 relief funding. Funding passed in the House of Representatives but the Senate Republicans voted it out of the 3rd package. For rural America USPS is the only mail option for delivery of federal check, medications and other correspondence.
ACTION: Call our Members of Congress and ask them to keep fighting for and to fund the USPS, to continue the tradition since 1775, and not let the postal service go under and sold off the private companies.
Do-it-At-Home Opportunities to GOTV and Defend Voting Rights
Olympia Indivisible's GOTV Writing Team and AZ-MI Home Team leads have been working to come up with do-it-at-home, meaningful, strategic opportunities to reach out to key voters for the November elections, defend voting rights across the nation, and support progressive candidates. Starting this week, you will be invited via e-mail to participate in a variety of different options for getting involved. The first opportunity will be to reach out to Colorado voters to GOTV for the November election (letters get written NOW, stockpiled in your home until October, then sent out just at the right moment to make the biggest impact). Please check your e-mail on Monday for details.
Washington Indivisible Network Podcasts
A podcast for and about the Indivisible movement in Washington State, the show featuring interviews and discussions with leaders, political figures, activist, journalists, and thinkers, all aimed at informing, inspiring, and fostering unity in the progressive community across the state.
Hosted by Stephan Cox, a public radio and broadcasting veteran who has helmed shows for PRI, and KUSF, and has reported for NPR.
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Open-to-all public lecture on April 15, “Now or Never: How We Protect Voting Rights in 2020.”
Common Purpose Director David Domke is going to do an open-to-all public lecture on April 15, “Now or Never: How We Protect Voting Rights in 2020.” Here’s the details: The COVID-19 pandemic is a massive public health crisis first and foremost. But it also poses an existential threat to the core democratic action of voting. Millions of Americans have fought to extend the vote to all US citizens, and now it’s our responsibility to do all we can to protect this right. Potential steps to protect the vote are both national in scope, residing in the hands of our leaders in Washington DC, and state-based, to be decided by civic leadership across America. This lecture dives into the facts as they stand and how every one of us can do our part to protect voting rights in 2020. This lecture is free and available online for any and all. To view the lecture, head to https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCViyzzlKqB1zR4iWmhQu0HQ on Wednesday, April 15. The stream will start at 630 pm, and the lecture at 700 pm.
Protect Our Vulnerable Seniors
More than a million and a half seniors live in retirement and nursing homes in our country and are extremely vulnerable to the pandemic as we have found here in Washington State. Since the Whitehouse has not coordinated efforts to protect seniors in this crisis, the governors of Maryland and Virginia have banded together to create an interagency strike force that will act now to prevent a catastrophe for their seniors. These 2 governors are working to see that staff are tested to ensure they are not spreading the disease, to coordinate supplies and to provide support for infection control and treatment. Retirement homes do not have the resources or expertise to do this on their own, so this leadership is crucial.
Let’s write and urge that our state join with Governor Hogland of Maryland and Governor Northam of Virginia to share expertise and strategies to better protect our seniors in retirement and nursing homes during the pandemic crisis.
Learn more from this Rachel Maddow interview: https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/trump-admin-ignoring-dire-covid-19-situation-in-us-nursing-homes-81919045542?fbclid=IwAR3jsCKAAQJ_HLEuCZdQib7DOosnEyhsVca69DPI3fzQ-2nHoP_PLFP6btM
Send the governor a message: https://www.governor.wa.gov/contact/contact/send-gov-inslee-e-message
Dear Governor Inslee,
Last week Governor Hogland of Maryland and Governor Northam of Virginia created a strike force to support the retirement and nursing homes in their states as they struggle to protect vulnerable seniors during the pandemic with testing, supplies, infection control, and treatment. I ask that you contact them and offer to combine our efforts and expertise so that we can learn from each other. We need to do everything we can to protect our vulnerable seniors
OLYMPIA INDIVISIBLE TO HONOR OUR HEROES ON INTERNATIONAL WORKERS DAY
THEY ARE THE HEROES OF TODAY -MOTHERS, FATHERS, SISTERS, BROTHERS, FRIENDS
THEY ARE ON THE FRONT LINES
Nurses, Truckers, Grocery Clerks, Pharmacy Workers, Delivery Persons, First Responders
Olympia Indivisible wants to honor the friends and families who are filling the essential – life-saving—roles in our community. We are collecting photos of front-line heroes, and we would like them to be your people, people you know. Our plan is to assemble these photos into a video tribute that can be used at the next Olympia Indivisible All Member Meeting coming up on May 1 which is also International Workers Day.
We would like you to submit photos (up to two) of you, your family members, your neighbor, your friend, whoever is doing this essential work. We hope to distribute this video far and wide including to National Indivisible. So by submitting your photos. you are indicating your agreement to share them publicly without payment or other consideration.
Please send photos of your front-line heroes to the Olympia Indivisible Communications Team Requests Form. There is a request for your name and contact information on the submittal form in case we have any questions.
Please submit as soon as possible, and thank you.
Event: Learning the Lessons of Now for Climate Disruption
The current crisis has brought huge economic impacts and has presented some threat to the food chain. At the same time, climate change currently and in the future will present similar problems, along with newer problems such as the displacement of communities due to sea level rise. How can we learn from this current problem? How can we create a safety net and a resiliency for our communities now, in response to this crisis but also in avoidance of the next?
This will be some material presented by Lynn Fitz-Hugh, Thurston Climate Action Team Community Engagement Director, and there will be a discussion amongst those who join us. If you don’t want your descendants to live in a world this messed up, then we must take coordinated action to make the future better.
You are invited to a TCAT event on Thurs April 16th at 6:30pm - 8:00pm on Zoom.
https://zoom.us/j/752658507?pwd=b0I3U29ZY0o2Y1B2UlgrMVFHeUhmQT09 Password TCAT
May 1 Friday, 6:00 pm-7:30
Our First-Ever Zoom All Member Meeting
Join us on Friday, May 1 from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm to learn what's been going on around Olympia Indivisible since the 2020 Plan launch, how the teams are managing their work during the pandemic and what we see for the future. All the information you need to participate will be sent to you.