Let’s Win! Helen Wheatley for Port Commissioner
Last week, we announced Olympia Indivisible’s endorsement of Helen Wheatley, who is running for Port of Olympia Commissioner, District 1. https://helenforport.com/
Now it’s time to get to work - there is lots to do to help her defeat the incumbent. Making an endorsement isn’t just saying we like a candidate; it is rolling up our sleeves and getting the job done. Lisa Ceazan and Tom Dyer will be coordinating with Helen’s campaign to help get OI members up to speed and involved. Some of those actions will be featured here in the Call to Action. We will also be bringing back the Campaign Action calendar on the OI website, so watch for that. More news to follow. We need you!
This week: Helen needs volunteers to work the Demo Burger booth at Lake Fair, Saturday July 20 6:45-1:00. 14 volunteers needed.
This is a major fundraiser for her campaign, and it needs to be well-staffed. Basically, if we have enough staffing to keep up with high demand from hungry fair goers, we will do great. (Not enough staff to keep up = less campaign funds.) If you have the skills to flip a burger or apply mustard to a bun, you can make a difference! If we have enough volunteers, Helen may be able to do a second shift.
Helen needs to know what she can count on, so please sign up now rather than waiting until the last minute. (if you cannot work the whole shift, tell them when you can work).
ACTION: Contact the campaign at Helenforport@gmail.com.
Next week: Tenino’s Oregon Trail Days Parade – 7/27 Helen needs up to 25 volunteers. Arrive at 9:30 (no later than 10:30), parade starts at 11:00 and goes until 1:00. Again, contact the campaign at Helenforport@gmail.com so they can figure out who they can count on.
Helen’s campaign needs money to do the work to win. Olympia Indivisible cannot make donations as an organization. However, our members certainly can as private citizens. We will be bringing you info about fundraisers in the future, but for now, one of the simplest things you can do is just go to her campaign site and donate, whatever you are comfortable with.
ACTION: You can do that right here: https://secure.anedot.com/helenforport/donate
Stop ICE Arrests at Thurston County Courthouse
Victor Minjares spoke to the League of Women Voters about the recent ICE arrest at the County Courthouse and recommends we request a formal policy from the State Supreme Court.
Massachusetts has a state law which prohibits any kind of interference with a person who is at court, thus prohibiting an ICE arrest. Washington has no such law or policy.
ACTION: Write to the State Supreme Court and request a formal policy which prohibits any kind of interference with a person who is at court, thus prohibiting an ICE arrest.
PO Box 40929, Olympia, WA 98504-0929
Subject: ICE arrest at Thurston Courthouse
Please write a formal policy prohibiting any kind of interference from ICE with a person who is at court. People must feel safe coming to court.
Name & Address
Be a Progressive Voice On Thurston Agriculture Committee
In order to promote a progressive agenda in Thurston County, we need more progressives on the County Boards and Commissions. As an advisory board member, you can play a key role in helping shape, advise or oversee specific County programs. Often, only one meeting a month is required. Board Openings
The Ag Committee, in particular, is in need of progressive voices. Two of the current members were recently removed from the Thurston Conservation District Board of Supervisors for malfeasance and neglect of duty. The meetings may be contentious. Thurston County Agriculture Committee
You can learn more about how to apply for this volunteer position here: https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/bocc/Pages/boards.aspx
If you have any questions, please contact the Clerk of the Board, La Bonita Bowmar at (360) 786-5440 or email.
ACTION: Please consider volunteering to serve on a Thurston County Citizens Advisory Board. Make your voice known!
Online application links are on this page: All Thurston Boards and Commissions
Some positions are district specific: County Commissioner District Map
Call For Impeachment
This week, we narrowly avoided a full-blown constitutional crisis when the Trump administration announced that it would be abandoning the fight to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, finally acquiescing to the direction of the Supreme Court. This was after nearly a week of rhetoric from the White House and Trump's Twitter feed suggesting that he was planning to defy the Court's ruling and demand the question be included by executive action.
This, of course, was not the first time our President has been so openly hostile toward the courts. Trump has consistently worn his tiny little heart on his sleeve in response to judicial roadblocks to his administration's agenda, including his response to rulings against his travel ban early on in his presidency. All of this sparring between two branches of our federal government has sparked the question, never before a serious concern in our republic, of how to contain an executive branch which acts in open defiance of the judicial rulings that are supposed to check its power. In short, we are teetering on the edge of a constitutional crisis.
Despite this, House Democratic Leadership continues to stall on impeachment proceedings for the President. Nancy Pelosi continues to insist that she'd like the House to focus on other legislative priorities, and our own Denny Heck has remained noncommittal on the idea of impeachment.
Denny was interviewed on camera by a citizen at the Tumwater 4th of July parade. While he was supportive of the questioner’s concerns about Trump, he would not commit to calling for Trump’s impeachment before the August recess. You can see the video here: https://www.facebook.com/moonstone.river.3/videos/2310539409212342/
It's time for us to ask our leaders, "What will it take?" What will it take for them to decide this president doesn't deserve to leave office without the stain of impeachment on his name? What will it take to convince them that Trump can't keep getting away with his shenanigans without even a slap on the wrist? What will it take to force them to rise to the duty of their office, and lead?
ACTION: Call Denny Heck and ask him what it will take for him to come out in favor of impeaching Trump.
Why are members of Congress not allowed free access to border detention facilities for oversight?
A group of House Democrats expressed outrage at the conditions inside migrant detention centers after touring federal facilities in El Paso and Clint, Texas, on Monday. New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez condemned the facilities as unsanitary and “dehumanizing” in a series of tweets. Ocasio-Cortez said one detainee had described her treatment by officers as “psychological warfare – waking them at odd hours for no reason, calling them whores, etc. Tell me what about that is due to a ‘lack of funding?'” In a video posted to Twitter, California Rep. Judy Chu said women held in the El Paso facility had told them they didn’t have running water and been told to drink from the toilet if they were thirsty.
The lawmakers also criticized the behavior of officers during their visit. Rep. Joe Kennedy said the Customs and Border Protection agency had been “very resistant to Congressional oversight”. “They tried to restrict what we saw, take our phones, block photos and video. Atmosphere was contentious and uncooperative.”
Democratic Lawmakers Outraged by 'Dehumanizing' Conditions at Migrant Detention Centers
This lack of access first came to light last year:
It’s probably fair to give substantial credit to Sen. Jeff Merkley for helping bring the issue of immigrant children being separated from their parents to national attention. Two weeks ago, the Oregon Democrat was blocked from entering a detention facility in South Texas, even having police called on him, as he made a fairly simple case for being allowed entry: I’m a member of the Senate. Eventually, he was able to tour the facility.
Over the next few weeks, as attention to the subject increased, other elected officials and journalists sought — and occasionally gained — access to facilities housing immigrant children. In some cases, though, members of Congress weren’t allowed to see facilities, even ones in their own districts. On Tuesday, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) was denied access to a facility in his state when he tried to visit along with other legislators.
Legislators were turned away from ICE detention centers. The administration has the right to do that.
Demand our Congress members do their oversight
Script: My name is __________ and I'm a member of Olympia Indivisible. I am calling to find out why it is, in a country which is defined by the checks and balances between the three branches of government, that Congress members, who have oversight on the appropriations of funds, can be denied unfettered access in any of the migrant detention facilities. We as taxpayers expect Congress to assure that our tax dollars are being used wisely and appropriately. They cannot do that without free access. You as Congress members need to stand up to the executive as co-equals and do the oversight you are paid to do.
No War! Keep It Up!
Trump hasn’t invaded anywhere yet and we don’t want him to start. We must continue to make it clear to our senators that they must prevent this from happening.
Tom Udall introduced Senate Bill: S.1039 - Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act of 2019 on April 4, 2019.
“This bill prohibits funds from being used for kinetic military operations against Iran unless Congress authorizes such an action, with various exceptions such as in response to an imminent threat. ("Kinetic military operations" typically refers to active military actions, in contrast to latent operations or cyberwarfare.)”
Currently this bill has 25 cosponsors, but neither of our senators are among them. We need to encourage them to cosponsor this bill and oppose any military action in Iran.
S.1039 - Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act of 2019
Tell all of them to make it clear to Trump that Congress will not authorize, support or fund any war.
July 19, Friday 6-8:00 pm
Olympia Indivisible Members TGIF Gathering!
RJ’s Gourmet Grill 318 4th Ave E Olympia
July 20, Saturday 6:45pm -1:00 am
Volunteer for Helen at Demo Burger Booth Lake Fair!!!
July 27, Saturday 9:30am-1:00 pm
Volunteer for Helen at Tenino Oregon Trail Days Parade Tenino WA
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 Indivisiblers!!