SAVE OUR DEMOCRACY
WILL NOVEMBER’S ELECTION END UP LIKE COVID?
For whatever reason, Trump is allowing Russia to threaten our next election. He ignores intelligence reports and says that Russian interference is “a hoax.”
In the same way that Trump’s inaction has allowed COVID to ravage our country, he is allowing Russians to distort the next election. Trump has already sown the seeds of election fraud and distrust of the process in case he loses. Our country could face months of confusion, unrest and worse, if he is allowed to cast doubt on the election outcome.
Make no mistake, Russia wants to hurt us. They blame us for the breakup of the Soviet Union. It is Putin’s goal to throw our democracy into confusion and weaken our influence abroad. Much of this has already been accomplished . A weakened NATO, loss of respect for America, the withdrawal of key troops in Syria and now Germany are just a few examples of what Putin has accomplished through Trump. You can read about it here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/trump-would-do-anything-for-putin-no-wonder-hes-ignoring-the-russian-bounties/2020/07/01/0013f1d0-bb19-11ea-8cf5-9c1b8d7f84c6_story.html
If we do nothing now, just like with COVID, you can be sure that Russian interference will damage our elections state by state. Although individual democrats have decried this interference, we desperately need a national plan and leadership.
ACTION: WHAT IS THE PLAN?
Script: My name is ___________. I am calling as a member of Olympia Indivisible to find out what (Senator/Congressman________) plans to do to stop Russian interference in November’s election.
I have watched helplessly as President Trump has denied the threat of COVID and left states to fend for themselves. Now I am watching helplessly while the President and his administration are denying Russian Interference in the next election. Will the November election end up just like COVID, out of control and destroying our country?
Since the President will not stop Putin, how will the Democrats provide the leadership and messaging needed to keep our election safe and secure? How will they stand up to the confusion and disinformation? WHAT IS THE PLAN?
I am going to call again next week to find out the Senator/Congressman’s plan.
Will the (Senator/Congressman) speak out about President Trump’s treasonous inaction against Russian aggression?
Advocacy Initiative Extended Through August 15
We Can Vote Trump Out in November if people around the country don't have to choose between staying healthy and voting. Join the movement to push key states to provide safe voting options such as mail-in absentee ballots and extended early in-person voting. The project, Advocacy Initiative, has been extended through August 15, so if you haven't already joined, now's the time to jump onboard.
Olympia Indivisible is partnering with a progressive group in Seattle, Common Power. Volunteers are contacting elections officials and US Senators through email, tweets, and by phone advocating for safe voting options and to support specific bills now in Congress. Weekly Zoom sessions will help you get started and get your questions answered.. We're doing this together but safely from our homes. To get rid of Trump, this work needs your participation. Join us now!
Check-in & Get Started Advocacy Initiative sessions
PROTECT OUR QUALITY OF LIFE
Tell Congress we Don’t Want Military Weapons Sold To Our Police Force – End the 1033 Program
The United States has traditionally kept military action and civil law enforcement apart, codifying that separation in the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878. On the other hand, Congress has occasionally authorized the Department of Defense (DOD) to undertake actions specifically intended to enhance the effectiveness of domestic law enforcement through direct or material support.
One such effort is the so-called “1033 Program,” named for the section of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 1997 that granted permanent authority to the Secretary of Defense to transfer defense material to federal and state agencies for use in law enforcement, particularly those associated with counter-drug and counter-terrorism activities. The 1997 act was preceded by 1988 legislation that expanded DOD’s role in the interdiction of illicit drug trafficking. That was soon followed by temporary authority to transfer excess defense material, including small arms and ammunition, from excess DOD stocks to law enforcement agencies for use in counter-drug activities. This could be done at no cost to the receiving agency.
The 1997 NDAA expanded that authority to include counter-terrorism activities and made it permanent. It is codified as 10 U.S.C. §2576a. The 1033 Program is administered by the Law Enforcement Support Office (LESO) of the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). Under it, local and state law enforcement agencies may apply to DLA to participate. DLA requires the governor of the state to execute a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) and appoint a state 1033 Program coordinator, who is responsible for ensuring that the program is properly administered within the state and that appropriate property records are maintained. Approved agencies may request material from DLA through their state coordinators. The LESO retains final approval authority over the types and quantities of material transferred from DOD excess stocks to the agencies. Any material requiring demilitarization before being released to the public must be returned to DLA when no longer needed by the receiving law enforcement agency. LESO states that 11,000 agencies nationwide are currently registered and that 8,000 of them use material provided through the 1033 Program.
ACTION: Call Patty Murray, Maria Cantwell and Denny Heck and demand Congress END the 1033 program in the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act. The 1033 program grants authority to the Department of Defense to transfer defense materials and high grade weapons to local law enforcement agencies. These weapons are often used against Black and brown communities and, as we’ve recently seen, protestors. The NDAA is an annual must-pass piece of legislation, so we have a real chance to make this happen. Call your members of Congress and demand they end the 1033 program and prevent local law enforcement from getting their hands on dangerous weapons that could harm the public.
Call our Senators and demand they pass the Heroes Act
On Friday, May 15, House Democrats passed the fourth coronavirus package, the Heroes Act. The bill improves significantly on the CARES Act, especially on democracy and protections for immigrants, and provides additional financial relief and public health measures. Some of the items included are:
ACTION: Call Senator Maria Cantwell (253)572-2281 Senator Patty Murray (253)572-3636
Demand that they pass the HEROS Act. Democrats have to do more than just tell us they are in the minority and thus unable to get legislation passed in the Senate. They need to cajole, hold accountable and publicly shame their Republican colleagues who are opposing financial relief and public health for their own constituents, especially those in vulnerable seats in this upcoming election.
Thank Our Senators for Cosponsoring the D.C. Statehood Bill
Due to Washington, D.C.’s lack of statehood, the 700,000 Americans who live in D.C. lack equal voting rights compared to their neighbors across the country. The Washington, D.C. Admission Act (S. 631) would grant the District of Columbia statehood. This legislation is a racial justice and democracy issue. If D.C. is granted statehood, it would be the only state in the nation to have a plurality of Black residents. Currently, D.C. residents lack a voting representative in the House and have no representation in the Senate. This legislation is our chance to stand up for the rights of D.C. residents and to build a stronger democracy with equality and fairness for all. Both of our Senators are cosponsors of this bill.
ACTION: Call our Senators to thank them for cosponsoring S. 631, the Washington D.C. Admission Act
Senator Patty Murray (253) 572-3636
Senator Maria Cantwell (253) 572-2281
Script: My name is ___________________, and I am a member of Olympia Indivisible. I am calling to thank Senator____________ for cosponsoring S. 631, the Washington D.C. Admission Act. This historic bill will finally grant D.C. residents their constitutional rights as Americans to vote and to have full representation in Congress.
STATE & COUNTY ACTIONS
Olympia Indivisible Elections Alerts and EventsYou can help out our OI endorsed candidates – go to https://www.olympiaindivisible.org/endorsed-candidates.html to see their upcoming needs. Here’s what’s posted this week:
Jessica Bateman's campaign is currently requesting volunteers who will do phone banking and/or literature dropping. Any of our members who would be willing to volunteer should contact Sara Develle via email (email@example.com).
Team Carolina Mejia needs your help! We need volunteers and we will train!
What: Here is what our campaign needs:
When: We meet virtually every Thursday and Friday from 4 - 7pm and Saturday from 11 to 2pm. You can make phone calls, plant yard signs or host a virtual fundraiser on your own schedule.
Please contact Antonia Moore Volunteer Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Or visit: www.carolinaforthurston.com
July 9th, Thursday, 5 - 7:30 PM Phone Banking for Beth Doglio
Join us for a remote phone bank to your neighbors in the 10th Congressional District!
We'll meet on Zoom for training, practice, and Q&A before getting on the phones from home. This is THE most powerful thing supporters can do before the primary - we need YOUR help to elect a Progressive Champion to represent us in Congress!!!
July 14th 7:00PM
CD10 Indivisible Endorsed Candidate Beth Doglio & Intros
Registration link: https://bit.ly/CD10_TownHall
Shareable Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2600119200240061/
Indivisible National event: https://act.indivisible.org/event/attend-local-actions/153940