Urgent Action: End the Filibuster Now!
National Indivisible is urging us to fight to end the filibuster with everything we have. Here’s why.
In the last decade, McConnell’s abuse of the filibuster (using a procedure called cloture) to completely shut down Obama’s legislation accounted for half of the use of the filibuster in the entire history of the US Senate.
We must act now to take away the threat of the filibuster from McConnell. He is so worried about losing his weapon that he is currently blocking the Senate from moving ahead until he gets his way.
Action: Call our members of the Senate NOW! They keep track of phone calls, so this is your way to vote on the issue.
Script: My name is _________ and I am a member of Olympia Indivisible. During Obama’s presidency, Senator McConnell killed Democrats’ legislation by using the filibuster 6 times more often than it had ever been used. His use of the filibuster in this way added up to half of its use in the entire history of the U.S. Senate. This abuse of democracy must end. Tell Senator Schumer to not bow to McConnell’s threats and to keep the option to end the filibuster. Then get to work ending this outdated procedure.
Contact WA Senators
Ban Open Carry at the Olympia Capitol
Before 10:30 am on 1/26/21, sign in and indicate ”Pro” on SB 5038 "Prohibiting the open carry of certain weapons at public demonstrations and the state capitol". Many conservatives who want open carry have signed in as ‘Con’. Progressives need to show support for the ban.
(You are not signing up to speak.)
Destination Waterfront Survey
Take a short survey by this Wednesday, January 27 to give your input to the Port of Olympia about their new redevelopment project, Destination Waterfront. The area involved includes the Swantown shoreline in Budd Inlet’s East Bay extending from the north point at the Hearthfire Restaurant heading east past KGY and south past Swantown Marina to Marine Drive (between the red arrows in the above photograph.) This part of the Port was once the estuary for Indian and Moxlie Creeks before it was filled in the 20th century for industry, to support recreational boating, and for the Cascade Pole superfund site cleanup.
Results from those who took community feedback Survey #1 did not give high marks to environmental stewardship and restoration of the shoreline. Let’s send a strong message that environmental stewardship should be the highest priority in this project.
Action: Take Survey #2 Here by this Wednesday, January 27 at 10 P.M. The Port does not allow you to provide your own comments in the survey. You’ll only be able to select from a series of photographs. To give the environment the highest mark, please answer only Question #5 - the question about shoreline improvements. Select the photograph with the Living Shoreline option. By answering only this question, you can show that the public prioritizes the cleanup and restoration of Puget Sound, and recreation should be about enjoying the natural shoreline and low impact water recreation.
Deep Dive - Indivisible Guide 2.0
Indivisible National has a great new guide which every Indivisible member should read! It's called: Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Fixing our Democracy. It's exactly 30 pages long and a really good and essential read.
Action: Download and read this! Here's the link: A Practical Guide for Fixing Our Democracy
Indivisible Guide 2.0 with Leah & Ezra
Recorded Town Hall
Indivisible co-founders and executive directors Ezra Klein and Leah Greenberg were on the air this weekend for a great discussion with Washington Indivisible podcaster Stephan Cox. They laid out the opportunities and risks of the new Biden administration and why the work of Indivisiblers is more important than ever.
Action: Check this out! Indivisible Town Hall with Co-Executive Directors Ezra & Leah
Take Action Now on the Take Action Network (TAN)
On a State Legislature bill, Conservatives were able to generate 1,000 “Pro” (agrees) in support of one of their bills which was in committee last week. We need to be able to do the same in support of our bills.
We have a way of doing that by using the TAN program that has been developed by one of our Washington state Indivisible chapters. The TAN program has been made available to all Washington Indivisible groups as well as other sister organizations.
Sign up here to use the program, fill in your profile, and modify your own dashboard to suit your interests.
To learn more about how to set up TAN and your dashboard: Watch this video.
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