Gun control, keeping the pressure on our MOCs.
This last week, both Moscow Mitch and the Trump regime dropped hints that they may support some types of gun control legislation. Even though this is likely another Republican ruse, we need to take advantage of their public stance. Let’s remind our MOCs that we want strong public support for them for passing sensible gun control legislation.
In the Senate, the next step is to take up HR 8, as our Call to Action described last week. Senator Murray has responded to the killings with a pair of strong Tweets on Aug 4 and 5 calling for the Senate to take action on the universal background check legislation passed by the House earlier this year (HR 8). We have not found a record of a response yet from Senator Cantwell.
In the House, which has passed background check legislation, requesting them to reinstate the ban on assault rifles is a logical next step. A recent study found that the ban was effective at reducing mass shootings; unfortunately it was allowed to sunset in 2004 by the NRA and the Republicans they control. Let’s thank Representative Heck for passage of the universal background check legislation, and request that he support legislation to renew a ban on assault weapons.
ACTION: Call or email Senator Murray thanking her for her stance on universal background checks and urging her to keep working hard on it:
Senator Patty Murray Phone: (202) 224-2621
My name is _______________, and I am a member of Olympia Indivisible. I am appalled and frightened by the endless list of mass killings in our country. Thank you for your Twitter comments following the recent tragedies in El Paso and Dayton, supporting the Senate taking up HR 8, the universal background check bill passed by the House earlier this year. Please tell me how you are going to force Moscow Mitch to agree to bring HR 8 to the Senate floor for consideration.
Call or email Senator Maria Cantwell asking her to speak out loudly against gun violence and asking her to push for Senate consideration of HR 8. Phone: (202) 224-3441
My name is _______________, and I am a member of Olympia Indivisible. I am appalled and frightened by the endless list of mass killings in our country. I implore you to speak out against this senseless violence, and take a public stand supporting sensible gun control legislation. I asked last week that you support efforts to bring HR 8 to the Senate floor for consideration and ask now that you tell me how you are going to force Moscow Mitch to agree to considering this legislation.
Call or email Representative Denny Heck, thanking him for House passage of universal background checks and asking him to support reinstatement of the assault weapons ban. Phone: 202-225-9740
My name is _______________, and I am a member of Olympia Indivisible. I am appalled and frightened by the endless list of mass killings in our country. I strongly support universal background checks and other sensible gun control legislation and appreciate House passage of HR 8 earlier this year. I believe the next step is to reinstate the ban on assault weapons that the Republicans let lapse in 2004 and urge you to introduce legislation to do that.
Keep Asking Denny Heck for a Town Hall
It’s August recess and there is still nothing on Congress-member Heck’s website about where and when he is publicly meeting with his constituents. This is the best opportunity for Denny to meet with us, as the August recess is an extended one. Call and ask Congressman Heck about holding a town hall in the South Sound area.
Last week Congressman Heck announced his support for the initiation of an impeachment inquiry by the House Judiciary Committee. This is an excellent example of our representative hearing the peoples’ concerns and acting on them.
In that light, it has been suggested by some constitutional scholars that Congress begin impeachment with some of Trump’s cabinet members, as they are clearly corrupt and it would give Congress an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the intricacies of the impeachment procedure before going after the biggest scoundrel. Let’s suggest to Denny that they begin with Wilbur Ross. Commerce Secretary Ross has defied Congressional subpoenas by refusing to turn over documents related to the citizen question on the census and he lied to Congress about the reasons for the inclusion of the citizen question. Furthermore, Ross has a tainted past, having invested heavily in and served as Vice Chair of the Bank of Cyprus; a bank known for its connections to Russian money laundering and oligarchs. There are indications that this has influenced some policies in the Commerce Department which do not serve the American people and are probably illegal.
ACTION: Call or email Representative Heck: Phone: 360-459-8514
Script: Congressman Heck, as a member of OI and I am looking forward to hearing about your plans for Congress and the pressing issues of the day: impeachment, climate change, immigration, etc. When and where can I expect the town hall to be so that we in the South Sound region can hear about your goals in Congress and plans to address these ongoing challenges in the future?
Take Action! Helen Wheatley for Port Commissioner
We endorsed Helen because we think she can make a difference in our county. Her campaign is going to be a long haul and she can certainly use our help. Start here!
CANVASSING – Helen has started her door-to-door canvasing and you can join her. They will train you up and give you addresses for progressive voters so you can go talk to them about why we endorsed Helen and what she can bring to the Port. Contact the campaign at Helenforport@gmail.com
YARD SIGNS! I know you want a Helen Wheatley yard sign to proudly display on your street! Just drop a note to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make it happen.
Lisa Ceazan will be hosting a meet and greet for Helen on Wednesday Aug 28. This event will be an opportunity for you to interact with the candidate informally and learn about the issues facing the port. While this is sent to OI members, you are welcome to bring your voting friends! There will be an opportunity to contribute to the campaign for the so-inclined. Please RSVP to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to help Helen win with a donation to the campaign? You can do that right here: https://secure.anedot.com/helenforport/donate
August 16, Friday 6-8:00 pm
Olympia Indivisible Members TGIF Gathering!
RJ’s Gourmet Grill 318 4th Ave E Olympia
The resistance gathers and designs a better future. Join us!
August 18, Sunday 4-8pm
Second Annual Olympia Indivisible Picnic
Priest Point Park 2600 East Bay Drive NE, Shelter #1
Please save the date and bring yourself, family, and friends to the Second Annual Olympia Indivisible Picnic!
WHAT WILL THIS BE? An old-fashioned, family-friendly event. A great time to meet your fellow Indivisible-ites!!
Please RSVP to email@example.com
August 24, Saturday 1-9pm
The Mueller Report Reading
Washington Center for the Performing Arts.
The Mueller Report is going to be read in its entirety and is free to the public at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts. For details see this link: