It’s Time for GOP Members of Congress to Speak the Truth
Martin Luther King said that “There comes a time when silence is betrayal.”
Today, over 200 GOP members of Congress remain silent, while President Trump continues to claim that he won the election. It is one thing to investigate errors in an election; it is another to continue to purposely make false claims and undermine public trust. His campaign has had its day in court. Every one of his false claims has been thrown out.
To allow the President of the United States to continue to damage trust in our elections in this way is a betrayal of democracy and our Constitution. Every member of Congress swore an oath to defend the Constitution. To remain silent is a betrayal of that oath. Do Republicans want this to become the new norm?
We must challenge their silence.
Action: Call Washington State’s three Republican members of Congress that have remained silent about the President’s betrayal, and remind them of their oath.
Script: My name is________ and I am a resident of Washington State. President Trump has had his day in court, yet continues to falsely claim that he won the election. Enough is enough. Your silence on this matter is a betrayal of your oath to “defend the Constitution”. It is time to speak out. Washington State needs your courage and willingness to speak the truth.
Save the Victims of Crime Act from Massive Cuts
The U.S. House and U.S. Senate are finalizing their fiscal year 2021 funding bills. The Senate’s version of the funding bill includes a massive (40%) cut to the amount of funding released from the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA), while the House would keep the same amount they released last year.
The proposed 40% cut in the Senate Bill is on top of a 25% cut made last year. The situation is dire. Millions of survivors rely on VOCA each year to access lifesaving services including shelter, housing, legal assistance, and counseling.
Read about the impact to domestic violence victims in The Post and Courier article Congress could slash crime victims funds 40%, crushing SC domestic violence programs.
Action: Ask our Members of Congress to support VOCA.
Sample Script: My name is ________ , and I am a member of Olympia Indivisible. I am contacting you and asking you to act now to provide steady funding for Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) in fiscal year 2021 and provide a long-term fix for the VOCA fund by the end of the year.
The proposed 40% cut in the Senate Bill is on top of a 25% cut made last year. The situation is dire. Millions of survivors rely on VOCA each year to access lifesaving services including shelter, housing, legal assistance, and counseling. People in danger would have no access to counseling, advocacy, and critical information about emergency resources in their native Spanish or indigenous Guatemalan language.
Reduce Regulations for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)
Read about the hurdles to building accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in the Olympian article High costs, regulations get in the way of adding accessory dwelling units in Olympia. “Earlier this year, Lacey made available free, pre-approved designs for ADUs, created by local architectural firm the Artisans Group, in an attempt to make the permitting process easier. Design work can account for as much as 10 percent of project cost, says Associate Planner Jessica Brandt, so the designs will make ADUs cheaper, too.”
Action: Submit comments to the Olympia City Council, Tumwater City Council and the Thurston Commissioners: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Script: I recommend that the Cities of Olympia and Tumwater increase affordable housing by relaxing ADU development regulations and work with the City of Lacey to adopt their free pre-approved architectural designs. I ask that the Thurston County Commissioners lead the effort to standardize ADU policy across Thurston County and reduce barriers to affordable housing.
COVID 19 Pandemic - Providing Help for Those Who Are Most at Risk
As winter begins, and infection rates climb dangerously, the Federal government needs to do more to protect the most vulnerable among us. But, without action, some of the existing protections and programs will disappear, leaving many of our fellow citizens at greater risk of infection, homelessness and financial ruin. The Center for Disease Control enacted a national moratorium on evictions that expire at the end of December, and Governor Inslee issued a similar moratorium for Washington State that also expires December 31.
Most of the programs implemented in the first federal stimulus package have expired, or the funds have all been exhausted. Without further federal spending to assist people who have lost jobs or income, and without extension of moratoriums on evictions, this could be a tragic winter for many of our fellow residents.
Realistically, the Trump administration has little motivation to extend the moratorium, so OI members should focus on Governor Inslee to at least extend eviction protection for Washington residents. Now is the time to contact his office to urge an extension of the moratorium, until the pandemic ebbs.
Congress is currently considering a new stimulus package; passage by the end of the year is critical to reduce the number of crises that the incoming Biden administration must urgently respond to. There is some momentum for a bipartisan $908 billion package that surely will fall short of the expectations that progressives have for real relief and will contain some provisions that progressives find unacceptable. However, time is of the essence here, winter is upon us, and new stringent lock down measures are being put into place daily across the country. House Speaker Pelosi seems to be indicating that this is not the time to hold out for an optimal package.
If Democrats are to be seen as the party of the disadvantaged, and a positive alternative to Trump’s fear and hate mongering, then now is not the time to obstruct relief. Urging our Members of Congress to support real federal relief now is critically important.
Action: Contact Governor Inslee, and our Members of Congress
Script (for calls to extend WA moratorium): My name is _________, and I am a member of Olympia Indivisible. I urge Governor Inslee to extend the Washington state moratorium on evictions until the pandemic is under control and our economy is clearly recovering. It is not clear that the Federal moratorium will be extended, and so, it is imperative that Governor Inslee step in and provide protection to Washington’s most vulnerable.
Without this moratorium, far too many will face a winter of homelessness, soaring rates of COVID 19 infection and economic ruin. It will take years to repair the damage that will result.
Thank you for your efforts to keep Washingtonians safe.
Governor Inslee’s office: (360)902-4111 or online
Script (for calls to our MOCs to support immediate passage of a new stimulus package): My name is ___________________, and I am a member of Olympia Indivisible. I urge Senator/Representative ____________ to support a federal stimulus package, that can be enacted by the end of the year, to provide critically needed relief to so many of our residents who have lost jobs, and their safety net, and face a winter of risk and greater loss.
As a progressive Democrat, there are many parts of the current bipartisan package that I find objectionable or simply misdirected, but I recognize that political compromise will be essential for speedy passage. Time is of the essence, without further action by Congress, we are facing a crisis of enormous proportions that will haunt us for years to come.
Please make this holiday season a little brighter for all of us, and act now.
Members of Congress
Help Win Georgia
Georgia, oh Georgia
No, no, no, no, no peace I find
Just an old sweet song
Keeps Georgia on my mind
Lets hold Georgia in our minds and actions until January 5th. Georgia will make the difference for the incoming Biden Administration. Without control of the US Senate, Biden will not be able to put forth any new governmental agendas because of McConnell’s brick wall. Yesterday, Trump phoned officials in Georgia and asked them to give him the win in Georgia, which they do not have the legal power to perform since Biden won the state by 11,769 votes.
Action 1: Tonight, Sunday at 5:30pm, choose your favorite beverage and sit down and attend a concert brought to you by Olympia Indivisible and enjoy Georgia on our Minds, a free 90-minute Facebook livestream concert of American old-time and roots-based music to benefit Black Voters Matter's Georgia Senate runoff outreach campaign.
The concert will feature two ensembles of rising young musicians from the Olympia, Washington region (The Sassafras Sisters; Dante and Eros Faulk) and two internationally-known professional artists: Bruce Molsky and Jake Blount."
Action 2: Show Gratitude to Brad Raffensperger, Secretary of State, who stood up for Democracy. Send him a postcard telling him how his actions have impacted the nation, and why you appreciate his courage and honesty.
Script: Thank you for showing the highest integrity by prioritizing the law and voters over loyalty to the Republican party.
Secretary Brad Raffensperger
Secretary of State’s Office
214 State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334