Here’s a Powerful Way to Protect Voting!
Our country is truly at a crossroads right now. The GOP is brazenly suppressing voting in order to rule as a minority. For several weeks in a row, Olympia Indivisible has been contacting our senators urging them to protect our democracy by not letting the filibuster block passage of crucial voter protection bills (We the People Act, John Lewis Voting Rights Act). Our work is starting to make a difference. Senator Murray has committed to not let the filibuster get in the way, but Senator Cantwell remains silent.
Here is a new and easy way to make our voices even more powerful. Olympia Indivisible has been given permission (from advocacy group Common Power) to use their calling list to let Senators across the country hear our voices.
Action: Now comes the good part! From the comfort of your favorite chair, make a cup of tea and take 5 minutes to make a few simple calls. If you make it a daily habit for a week, think of the influence we will have!
Your calls will be tallied and either encourage senators that are ready to protect democracy (group A) or apply pressure to senators that need to be convinced that protecting voters is urgent (group B).
You do not need to give your address, just give your name and read the script. A good place to start is with the State of Washington (Group A list) and our own senators. Then have fun calling as many other senators as you can!
Ready to get started?
Contact List: Contact Information for Group A and B Senators
Script: Scripts & Templates for Group A and B Senators
The Washington Privacy Act (SB 5062) Is a Bad Bill - Our Last Chance to “Fix It Or Nix It”
The legislature is considering protection of consumer digital privacy, which should be good news. Unfortunately, the approach they have chosen is widely viewed by consumer privacy advocacy organizations (the Tech Equity Coalition) as weak and industry driven. This bill, SB 5062 has been passed by the Senate, and recommended by two House Committees. It goes to House Rules review next, and after that would be a floor vote in the House.
Washington Indivisible Network members have been hard at work to help make the bad privacy bill, as we have come to call it, a little better. This past week several Indivisibles virtually joined into a hearing on the bill and actually TESTIFIED in opposition to this bad privacy bill and their activism work brought over 100 others to the hearing who signed in CON to the bill. Because of the efforts of WA Indivisibles, the language in this bill is better than it was when it was first introduced.
In the House, Reps. Kloba and our own Laurie Dolan (LD-22) are working on a very strong amendment to the bill that will hopefully be introduced if the bill ever sees the floor, which we are hoping it never will!
Action: Now, it's time to “fix it or nix it” and your fellow Indivisible NEED YOUR HELP! Please take action with them from one or all of the options below.
Include the Deschutes Estuary in Biden's American Jobs Plan
The Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team (DERT) has extensive research showing how important this restoration project is to Puget Sound and our environment.
Action: Contact our MoCs and ask them to include funding for restoring our estuary.
Contact WA MOCs
The science from the Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team (DERT) is clear. Estuaries are some of the most productive ecosystems on earth. Please fight hard for the funding for this project.
Panorama’s Grey Indivisible Is Hosting Local Author Merritt Long
Photo by Steve Bloom, the Olympian
Local author Merritt Long will discuss his recently published book, “My View from the Back of the Bus”. It is his story of growing up Black in Alabama, what he survived, and what he went on to accomplish as an agency administrator for the State of Washington.
Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn from this inspirational life story!
Action: Webinar this Thursday, April 8 at 10:30 AM. Register here to attend.
Here is more information about Merritt Long from the Olympian: Merritt Long’s memoir weaves his experiences with U.S. history of racism
Help Good Washington Legislative Bills Cross the Finish Line!
The Washington Legislative session is in the home stretch. You can make a difference in pushing important bills over the finish line with Take Action Network!
Take Action Network (TAN) allows you to weigh in on bills and policies that mean the most to you, with targeted efficacy and one-click ease. TAN is free, won't sell or share your private information, and won't push ads at you.
Action: Register Here for Take Action Network 101 training and learn how fast and easy it is to use TAN. After registering, you will immediately receive a confirmation and a link to the Zoom meeting.
Take Action Network 101 gets you set up with TAN, shows you how to use it, answers your questions and provides support.
Next Training: Friday, April 9, 2021, 5:00 to 6:00 PM Register Here