We Desperately Need a Functioning Government. Fix the Filibuster
This last week, the House passed a COVID relief package that is desperately needed, and also included another economic boost for struggling workers, increasing the minimum wage to $15/hour. These are the kinds of actions that restore people’s faith in functioning government, and will help the Democrats retain power in 2022.
The best way to attract votes is to provide meaningful help to people who need it. Democrats are still stymied in their efforts to pass legislation to provide economic assistance to those who need it most, by Republican filibusters. It is now crystal clear that the party of Trump will block every Democratic attempt to pass economic relief, as they also know that if the Democrats are able to provide assistance to working class people, it will further threaten Republican chances of regaining power.
Our message to our MOCs should be to pass the COVID relief bill in whatever form you can as soon as you can, but then address the systemic problems in government, like the filibuster. The national debate currently underway about the filibuster has revealed the sordid history of the filibuster, it is not and never has been a means of protecting minority rights, it has been a tool of racism to oppress minorities. The only minority it has ever served to protect is wealthy white males.
The choice facing Democrats has become stark: retain the filibuster and accept little to no progress on long-overdue priorities such as statehood for DC, increasing the minimum wage, protecting voting rights, expanding civil rights protections, …
Action: Call our Senators and also NY Senator Chuck Schumer, Majority Leader, and let them know your frustration that the Democratic Senate majority will be unable to pass long-overdue legislation as long as the party of Trump can use the filibuster to block most of it. Demand that they get COVID relief passed, and out of the way so they can begin to fix the broken government.
Script: My name is _____________ and I am a member of Olympia Indivisible. The filibuster has to go, or at least be reformed so that it is difficult to use. This has to be a high priority for Democrats. Our chances of retaining our majorities in 2022 depend on passing legislation that provides real assistance to working class people who have been devastated by four years of Trump and by the pandemic, and restoring their faith in government. The party of Trump knows this, and are now demonstrating that they will do everything in their power to block Democratic assistance and reforms, so they can try to claw their way back into power. The filibuster will be one of their primary tools for this obstruction.
I urge you to pass the COVID relief package, and begin to fix the broken government along with additional economic relief packages. Prove that the government isn’t hopelessly broken! Thank you.
MBS Must Not Get Away with Murder
The office of the Director of National Intelligence released the conclusions of their investigation of the dissapearance and murder of Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. The report concludes that the Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad bin Salan (MBS) gave the approval to KILL Jamal Khashoggi after he was lured to a consulate in Turkey.
The Trump Regime did not hold MBS responsible for the killing. They actually cozied up closer to Saudi Arabia. Now there is a new sheriff in town. With the release of the report the Biden Administration has imposed some sanctions on the peripheral bad actors, but the sanctions must be more effective, particularly against MBS. You can read more here:
Former CIA director John Brennan slams Biden on MBS
Action: Call Senators Murray and Cantwell today.
Contact WA Senators
Script: My name is_________. As a member of Olympia Indivisible and a concerned citizen I am asking Senator _________ to demand that the Biden Administration impose stricter sanctions against Saudi Arabia. The Saudi’s abuse of human rights and the murder of journalist Khashoggi approved by their Crown Prince must have more serious consequences. Much more is needed than Biden’s slap on the wrist.
Make Immigration Reform a Reality
What a difference an election or two can make! Democrats control the White House, House of Representatives, and now the US Senate, and while the congressional majorities are narrow, we remain determined to maintain and increase these majorities, knowing full well there is much work to be done. For more information about this bill, you can click here.
Action: We are extending an invitation to you, our dedicated volunteers, to participate in a campaign in support of President Biden’s immigration bill, the US Citizenship Act of 2021.
Script: Hi, my name is _____. I am a member of Olympia Indivisible. I’m calling today to ask Representative Strickland to support the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021. Undocumented immigrant essential workers are risking their health to ensure that our economy stays alive during the pandemic. It is time that we fixed our broken immigration system and give our immigrant workers and their families an opportunity to come out of the shadows. We have that opportunity with the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021.
I’d like to hear back from Representative Strickland on how she plans to vote on Immigration Reform during this Legislative Session.
It's 2021! We Won! Let's Get More Done! All-member Meeting invitation March 6
...well, maybe not in person, but there will still be plenty to cheer about!
Action: We want to invite you to Olympia Indivisible’s 2021 All-Member ZOOM meeting on Saturday, March 6, 6:00 - 7:30 PM. Register here!
Family, friends and pets welcome!
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