Doorbell with Helen Wheatley for Port Commissioner
CANVASSING: Helen is looking for supporters to join her door-to-door canvasing. Dates currently available in the next 10 days: Tuesday, August 27⋅5:30 – 7:30pm; Friday, August 30⋅5:30 – 7:30pm; Saturday, August 31⋅12:00 – 4:00pm; Sunday, September 1⋅11:30am – 1:30pm; Monday, September 2⋅5:30 – 7:30pm. Contact the campaign at Helenforport@gmail.com
YARD SIGNS: I have signs at my house! Just drop a note to firstname.lastname@example.org to get one!
MEET HELEN: Lisa Ceazan will be hosting a meet and greet for Helen on Wednesday Aug 28. Interact with the Helen informally and learn about the issues facing the port. You are welcome to bring your voting friends! Please RSVP to email@example.com
DONATE: Do that right here: https://secure.anedot.com/helenforport/donate
Indivisible Town Hall with Denny Heck
Public · Hosted by Indivisible Tacoma
August 21st, 6:30-8pm Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Church 1115 56th St. Tacoma Facebook event link. Bring your Medicare for All and Green New Deal signs. These are priority issues that the state and local party overwhelmingly support, but that so far Heck has refused to get behind. Let’s show up and let Heck know that these issues really matter to us!
Bring your tough questions! We are trying to schedule an Olympia town hall as well and will update you if that happens.
Moscow Mitch, Who’s He Really Working For?
Moscow Mitch may be American, but he is clearly willing to support Russian oligarchs for the right price. In January, Senate Democrats were trying to keep U.S. government sanctions on Rusal, a Russian aluminum producer, to punish Russia for “malign activity around the globe,” including attempts to sway the 2016 election. Moscow Mitch blocked the bill, even with the defection of 11 Republicans and the U.S. government lifted sanctions on Rusal.
Rusal then reduced – but did not end – the ownership interest of Russian oligarch and Putin pal, Oleg Deripaska, (famed for his ties to Paul Manafort). Three months later, Rusal announced plans to provide $200 million to buy a 40 percent stake in a new aluminum plant in Ashland, Kentucky. Coincidence? Yes according to Moscow Mitch spokesman David Popp, who stated that McConnell “was not aware of any potential Russian investor before the vote.” It’s a laughable claim if it wasn’t so corrupt.
Democratic senators have called for a government review of the deal, prompting a Rusal executive in Moscow last week to threaten to pull out of the investment. This is a strong indication that they don’t want an investigation. Ask the House to do just that.
How a McConnell-backed effort to lift Russian sanctions boosted a Kentucky project
ACTION: Call or email Representative Heck: Phone: 202-225-9740
Ask Congressman Heck and the House of Representatives to open-an investigation into all ties between Moscow Mitch, Craig Bouchard (the developer of this aluminum plant) and Rusal including Oleg Deripaska and any Russian government officials.
Save the Endangered Species Act from the Trump Regime
Last week, the Trump regime announced they were weakening the Endangered Species Act by changing several of the rules that the Departments of Interior and Commerce use to implement the Act. Under the new rules, the agencies can disregard likely impacts from climate change and narrow the area known as “critical habitat” that can be protected to support endangered species. Under this new interpretation, species such as the polar bear would not be eligible for ESA protection.
Trump regime officials contend that the ESA has not been working because only 6% of ESA listed species have recovered and been removed from the list, conveniently ignoring the fact that over 40% of ESA listed species have either increased or stabilized following ESA listing, a misleading use of statistics that earned the EPA Administrator two Pinnochios from Fact Checker.
Congress cannot override the administration, except by amending the ESA to disallow the interpretations that the Trump regime has used to justify their assault on the ESA. However, Federal Courts can block their implementation if the new rules are litigated. That has already happened. Shortly after the new rules were announced, Attorneys General from California and Massachusetts, and at least one conservation group, Defenders of Wildlife, announced that they were planning to file suit to block implementation of the new rules.
Since that is our first line of defense, OI members should let Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson know that we support efforts to block the new rules, and urge him to join with California and Massachusetts in litigation.
ACTION: Call or email Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson to request that he join with California and Massachusetts in opposing this attempt to weaken the ESA.
Attorney General Bob Ferguson https://www.atg.wa.gov/contact-us 360-753-6200 360-753-6200
Script: My name is _______________, and I am a member of Olympia Indivisible. I oppose the Trump administration’s current attempt to weaken the Endangered Species Act and urge Attorney General Ferguson to act now to protect the Act by joining the states of California and Massachusetts in filing suit to block the new rules. I appreciate Attorney General Ferguson’s previous efforts to protect our environment and request that he oppose this latest attempt to roll back environmental laws that are working.
Stop the Trump Regime’s Latest Attack on Immigrants (except Melania and his rich friends)
In one of the cruelest moves yet, the Trump regime announced this past week that they were reinterpreting immigration law in a way that would allow them almost unlimited discretion in denying entry to new immigrants, and worse, deport existing immigrants whenever they make use of a wide range of public services.
Here is what the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found about the change to the “public charge” rule. The rule will have two main impacts.
The cruelty is almost unspeakable, denying entry to people most in need of it and restricting access to the basics of survival for immigrants who are already here. Clearly this a re-election ploy, designed to fire up his racist base, and just as clearly, this will hurt our nation as well as immigrants.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities report summarized considerable research on the impact that immigrants have on our country and economy, and found that numerous studies validate that immigrants are typically employed at a higher rate than native-born residents, fill critical employment gaps in our economy, and are upwardly mobile. Our nation suffers economically when we demonize immigrants, it also suffers morally. Denying sanctuary and assistance to those who need it most lessens us as a nation.
What can be done? The most immediate recourse is in the Federal Courts, and our Attorney General Bob Ferguson has already announced that he is joining many other states in filing suit to block the new “public charge” rule. Please thank him for acting on our behalf.
Congress can, and must, enact new legislation that bars any administration, either now or in the future, from twisting the public charge rule in this way. This should be a bi-partisan issue, although it probably won’t be.
Statistics cited in the report from the Center show that 36% of workers in natural resource industries such as fishing, farming and forestry are immigrants without college degrees; they are one of the main targets of this attack. In the textile and manufacturing industry, 29% are. These are industries that are economically vital to many red states; where many of these industries were already reporting difficulty in finding workers before this latest attack. Maybe Republican members of Congress will be willing to stand up for their state’s economies and oppose the Trump regime? More likely not, but our MOCs should offer them the chance!
OI members should encourage our MOCs to sponsor legislation that would stop this attack on immigrants. Even if it doesn’t pass, it will be helpful for election year politics.
ACTION: Call or email our MOCs and request that they sponsor legislation to block Trump’s most egregious attempt yet to demonize immigrants
Script: My name is _______________, and I am a member of Olympia Indivisible. The changes to the “public charge” rule that the Trump administration announced recently are cruel and inhumane, go against our values as a country, and will hurt us economically. They must be stopped, and Congress must ensure that no administration, either now or in the future, can attempt this again. Senator Cantwell/Senator Murray/Representative Heck must work with colleagues to introduce legislation that ensures that no administration can ever arbitrarily block immigrants from entering the country or intimidate resident immigrants from applying for support services to meet basic human survival needs. Congress must do more to act as a check on this administration and their ceaseless efforts to sow hatred and divisiveness. Congress must do more to send a signal to immigrants that Trump’s inhumanity is not reflective of our values. Please act now to pass legislation stopping this.
Contact our Attorney General, Bob Ferguson, and thank him for filing suit against the public charge rule change.
Script: My name is _______________, and I am a member of Olympia Indivisible. The changes to the “public charge” rule that the Trump administration announced recently are cruel and inhumane, go against our values as a country, and will hurt us economically. They must be stopped before they can take effect. I strongly support Attorney General Ferguson’s efforts to oppose this legislation along with other states; please thank him for me.
Tell Congress to Control to the Budget to Protect Immigrants
Members of Congress must:
Script: Hi, I’m calling (MoC Name) to ask (him/her) to vote against wasting taxpayer dollars on an abusive and deadly immigration enforcement system. H.R.3401 gave $4.5 billion to the Trump administration in June of this year. That money was given without controls or protections that would ensure the funds were spent appropriately. That must not happen again.
As Congress makes FY20 funding decisions, we need (MoC Name) to stand tall and stop funding cruelty against immigrants and create humane policies that recognize the rights and dignity of all people. (S/he) must demand no additional funding of ICE or CBP without real accountability measures being included. Budgets are a reflection of our values and we value our immigrants and their contributions to our communities. **
We are calling on (MoC Name) to vote against wasting taxpayer dollars on an abusive and deadly immigration enforcement system. NO more funding for ICE and CBP!
August 23, 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 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: The Mueller Report - Washington Center for Performing Arts