Contacts: Senator Cantwell:(202) 224-3441 Senator Murray: 202-224-2621 Congressman Heck: 360-459-8514
Stand Up And Be Counted!
The GOP has worked hard to instill fear in minorities and discourage them from participating in the 2020 U.S. census. In order to intimidate minorities, they tried to include questions about citizenship that could have been used to prosecute family members that are not yet citizens, but the courts prevented this. Still, many minority families worry that the information they give in the census interview can be used by ICE. Undercounting minorities will give the GOP an advantage not only in electing officials to Congress, but in helping them deny federal funding for safety net programs.
And now, the Corona virus shutdown is also adding confusion that will discourage people from participating.
To stand up to this attack on democracy, a wonderful local choir called “The Tacoma Refugee Choir” has put together a video to encourage minority families to stand up for their rights.
1. Watch the video (you might need a kleenex!)
2. Help empower the message by sharing it through email or social media and ask others to share it.
3. Ask The Olympian to report the story of how and why the video was made: https://www.theolympian.com/news/submit-news/
You can do the same for the Tacoma News Tribune: https://www.thenewstribune.com/news/submit-news/ or any other media outlet you think might be interested.
The following come from the week’s Americans of Conscience.
We occasionally include a few of these in the OI Call to Action. This week there are a lot to choose from! Do some, do them all!
Action 7: Advocate for a People’s Bailout. [h/t Indivisible]
Email: Your House rep and two senators: (look up).
Script: Dear [NAME], I’m from [ZIP] writing to thank you for acting quickly to pass three recent coronavirus-related stimulus packages to help all Americans. As Congress considers a fourth bill to support infrastructure nationwide, it is crucial to focus on everyday Americans affected by the ongoing pandemic and resulting recession. With over 6.5 million Americans filing unemployment claims in three weeks, the need is present and urgent. Specifically, I would like you to support:
Action 8: Advocate for disaster-proof voting nationally. [h/t Indivisible, League of Women Voters]
Email: Your one House rep and two senators (look up).
Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] writing to asking you to co-sponsor the Resilient Elections During Quarantines and Natural Disasters Act [H.R. 6202 /S. 3440], to include these protections in the next coronavirus relief package with $2 billion in funding for vote-by-mail programs and poll safety. Please take action today. We cannot afford to put the November election at risk. Thank you.
Action 10: Prevent the U.S. Postal Service from shutting down.
Email: Your two House reps (look up).
Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] and I’m calling to ask you to support emergency funding for the U.S. Postal Service to ensure delivery of crucial supplies and mailed election ballots. Can I count on you to support H.R. 6379, the Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act? Thank you.
Action 2: Support civil rights. [h/t Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights]
Email: Your two senators (look up).
Script: Dear [NAME], I’m from [ZIP] writing concerned that a recent nominee to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Cory Wilson, has opposed LGBTQ rights and access to healthcare, especially reproductive services, and supported discriminatory voter ID laws. I’m asking you to vote against appointing him to this lifetime position. Thank you.
Action 3: Speak up with Indigenous tribes for protection. [h/t Indian Country Today, Indianz]
Email: Your two senators (look up).
Script: Dear [NAME], I’m from [ZIP] and disturbed that the Interior Secretary chose to disestablish the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s reservation. This unnecessary decision results in loss of land, critical funding for healthcare, housing, and other community programs, and is especially egregious during a pandemic. I’m asking you to co-sponsor S. 2808, H.R 312 and H.R. 375 (which both passed in the House) which clarify the legality of moving land into trust and reaffirms existing Indian trust lands. Thank you.
Bonus: Retweet the two links above with the hashtag @StandWithMashpee
Action 4: Advocate for prioritizing human health and safety. [h/t Detention Watch, Asian Law Caucus]
Call: Chad Wolf, Acting Secretary of the Dept. of Homeland Security, via DHS comment line: 202-282-8495
Call or email: Matthew T. Albence, Deputy Director and Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, via Office of Public Affairs: 202-732-4242 or email@example.com.
Script: Hello, I’m writing/calling from [STATE] concerned about the safety of people that ICE is currently detaining during a pandemic. Numerous positive cases among detainees and staff are evidence that limited space and resources in detention centers make proper hygiene and social distancing impossible. I am joining with thousands of medical professionals and human rights advocates to ask for a moratorium on all ICE raids and immediate release of all non-violent people from custody. Thank you.
Bonus: Ask your two senators and one House rep to make a public statement calling for the immediate release of detainees (look up).
Action 5: Speak up with immigrant healthcare workers. [h/t National Immigration Law Center]
Write postcard: The Honorable Scott S. Harris, Clerk of the Court, Supreme Court of the United States, One First Street NE, Washington, D.C. 20543
Script: During the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot afford to lose any trained professionals in the field, let alone actively send them away. Roughly 27,000 US healthcare workers are DACA recipients With our country currently facing a shortage of healthcare workers I join physicians and practitioners in asking you to circulate this request (bit.ly/2Jz8WJU) to all SCOTUS justices. Voting to vacate the decision to terminate DACA will save lives. Thank you.
Action 6: Support solutions to public health hazards in immigration system. [h/t American Immigration Council]
Write postcard: James McHenry, Director, U.S. Department of Justice Executive Office for Immigration Review, 5107 Leesburg Pike, 18th Floor, Falls Church, VA 22041
Write or call: Matthew T. Albence, Deputy Director and Senior Official, ICE, 202-732-4242 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Script: Hello, I’m writing from [ZIP] because I am appalled that immigration courts are still operating in-person during the COVID-19 pandemic. Forcing aspiring Americans, attorneys, and judges to appear in court—and provide their own personal protective equipment—threatens lives. I am joining over 100 advocacy organizations in asking you to immediately authorize remote options for attorney-client meetings and immigration court appearances.
Be Safe: Six feet apart is not nearly far enough, say experts
Some experts in an increasingly loud chorus are criticizing federal recommendations that Americans stay 6 feet apart from each other to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Richard Corsi, a Portland State University dean, has studied the spread of COVID-19 through both large and tiny droplets in the air and recommends people stay 20 feet away from each other when they’re outdoors.
Indoors, where ventilation is much worse, Corsi recommends extreme caution and carrying out essential tasks like grocery shopping when truly necessary.
Thurston County Food Bank - news about OI fund drive
Recent donations from OI members were sent to the Thurston County Food Bank on April 3 in a check for $1,075. Thanks to Olympia Indivisible members for their amazing generosity in support of our community in a time of such great need. The TC Food Bank now serves twice as many new people each week than before the COVID 19 pandemic began. To date, Olympia Indivisible has donated $1,575 to the Thurston County Food Bank.
- Carla Wulfsberg, OI Treasurer
Thurston County Food Bank Warehouse - needs paper bags and boxes
The Thurston County Food Bank is now serving twice as many new people each week, according to a TC Food Bank spokesperson. They provide bags of food to 250 people each day, each person representing, on average, a family of four. The TC Food Bank also provides 800 weekend meal bags to children though the Head Start program at ESD 113.
The Food Bank is in need of paper bags and boxes to package food for distribution. Grocery stores once donated bags to the Food Bank, but no longer.
If you have paper bags and boxes to donate, deposit them Monday - Friday between 8:30 - 4:30 outside in front sliding glass doors of the Food Bank Warehouse, 2260 Mottman Road SW. No need to go inside. However, if it raining, you should give them a call to let them know so they can bring them inside as soon as possible. Call 360 352-8507 extension 203 for Operations Manager, Judy Jones.
Thurston County Food Bank Warehouse:
2260 Mottman Road SW. It is across Mottman Road SW from South Puget Sound Community College and next door to the NAPA Auto Parts.
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.