OI ENDORSEMENT VOTE IS LIVE
All OI members should have received their ballot Wednesday evening. If you did not or are having any difficulty with your ballot, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about candidates, including questionnaires and evaluations plus voting procedures can be found at: https://www.olympiaindivisible.org/endorsements.html The vote will conclude Wednesday night.
PROTECT OUR QUALITY OF LIFE
Support Black Lives Matter and work to be an Anti-racist
If you’re like me, you’re amazed by what is happening in the world today; it truly feels like change is gonna come. Here in Olympia and in OI, the white population is large and the black population is small, and for many of us our socializing or interactions with African Americans may be limited, and many of us want to take the initiative to educate ourselves and help support our black brothers and sisters and how to actively work to be anti-racist. It is important to take time to educate ourselves about the ways our current justice system is built on systemic racism so that we can better show up in support of Black led movements and their demands.
For those of us who are white, we also need to learn about our privilege and responsibility in dismantling white supremacy. To help in that, we have a list of links to books and videos to begin to broaden our understanding of racism in America.
From Seattle BLM:
Lists of recommended books:
Great video using a Monopoly analogy to explain the economic history for Black folks in America:
Dr Robin DiAngelo discusses “White Fragility” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45ey4jgoxeU
Netflix Black Lives Matter selection: https://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/81299227?so=su
John Oliver on police: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wf4cea5oObY
Olympia Black owned Business in the Olympia area that you can support. Information sourced from the Olympia Mutual Aid Collective page on Facebook.
Gotti Sweets Dillingers Oly Taproom
Beau Legs Fish 'N' Chip CM Focus Productions Arch Brow Studio
Arch Salon & Spa Jugheadz the Barbershop Alaffia
Hot Babe- Hot Sauce Tōdai Yoga Media Island International
KOWA 106.5 Low-Power FM Cheeky Martini Lounge naturally.toned
The Mountain Bluebird Co. Rumors Wine Bar Sift & Gather
Whetstone Fitness Soul Sweet Vegan SGT Hart’s BBQ Sauce
The Grease Boss Jean-Pierre's Three16 Dillingers Cheese & Provisions
Barb's Famous BBQ
Another place to support Black, Indigenous, & People of Color businesses in the South Sound area of Washington state. Their website features a directory of BIPOC businesses that you can purchase products or obtain services from. BIPOC businesses can join for free!
STATE & COUNTY ACTIONS
Emergency Action! Port of Olympia Attempts a Long-Term Lease Option on Critical Tumwater Habitat to Wealthy Seattle Warehouse Developer with NO Public Notice – Help Put a Stop to This Travesty NOW
Commissioners Joe Downing and Bill McGregor and Executive Director Sam Gibboney want to create a 10-year lease option on 200 acres of forested property in Tumwater to a developer without any request for plans from the developer, who wants us taxpayers to foot the bill for compliance with habitat mitigation. Preservation of this property is crucial for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, preserving critical wildlife habitat, and maintaining health and safety for the nearby residents, including the G. W. Bush middle school. They expect to approve this deal in the next few weeks – without notifying citizens for public debate. Commissioner Zita is fighting this unscrupulous deal and she needs our support!
ACTION: The Port of Olympia is holding a Remote Special Commission Meeting on Monday, June 15th at 5:30 pm. Please send an email to arrive before 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 15th. You may also sign up to testify, but this must be done by 9 a.m. on June 15th.
Sample Letter (please feel free to copy and paste!):
I am writing to protest the proposed lease-option on the 200-acre parcel, part of the New Market Industrial Complex, Panattoni Development Company. Listed below are some of the myriad reasons this sale should not go through:
If financial worries are fueling the Port’s desire to sell this property, have the Commissioners considered such actions as strategic sale of its underperforming assets?
Email: Commissioner Joe Downing – email@example.com
Commissioner Bill McGregor – firstname.lastname@example.org
Commissioner E.J. Zita – email@example.com
To attend the online meeting: https://www.gotomeetme/PortCommissionMeeting or call +1 (669) 224-3312 Access Code: 364815-149
To testify, email your request by 9 a.m. on June 15th: firstname.lastname@example.org
SAVE OUR DEMOCRACY
NOW IS THE CRUCIAL MOMENT TO WIN THE ELECTION
Act this week to help make Voting By Mail a reality in 23 crucial states. ALL Voters Should Be Able To Vote Safely During This Pandemic. This is our last chance to help inform other voters of the urgency of acting now.
In the last month alone, President Trump tweeted more than 32 times (without evidence) that Voting by Mail is fraudulent, full of cheating and results in rigged elections. He is terrified of voters and is counting on inaction and chaos to help suppress voters that might vote against him.
In the middle of a pandemic, we have to change how we vote. If we do nothing, voters will be turned away, requested mail in ballots won’t be received, and poll workers won’t show up out of fear for their safety. The average poll worker (usually elderly) comes in contact with over 700 voters. This is exactly what the GOP is hoping will happen. Missouri Governor Mike Parson just said, “If you don’t feel safe to go to the polls, don’t vote!”
Watch this piece by John Oliver about the urgency of acting now:
Many states are not being realistic about the months of preparation required to gear up for voting by mail. Funding and legislation need to be passed NOW. High speed mail scanners need to be purchased NOW. Workers need to be hired and trained NOW. Mail in ballot procedures need to be worked out NOW.
Thanks to Olympia Indivisible and the Seattle Common Purpose Organization, we have powerful tools to contact 23 crucial states to help them prepare for Vote by Mail. We have only until JULY 4th to make a difference. Follow the links to TAKE ACTION. Join your Olympia Indivisible members and help inform voters in key states about the urgency of making voting safe. You can choose to contact voters by phoning, emailing, or using twitter.
Here is everything you need to know to get started:
Hand book for Common Purpose Voter Advocacy
Have Questions or need help email: email@example.com
Push States Now to Provide Safe Voting!
Join our next “Get started and Check-in” working session
Monday June 15th to support the Advocacy Initiative project
Join other OI members who are working on the Advocacy Initiative project. Let’s do this work together - we’ll get you started, answer questions and offer support all while working alongside one another. We've scheduled a “Get Started & Check In” Zoom session. Don’t wait because this critically important project is over on July 4. Hope to see you in the upcoming sessions!
Get Started & Check In - Advocacy Initiative
Monday, June 15 via Zoom
12:00 Noon Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85834790860
Meeting ID: 858 3479 0860
One tap mobile +12532158782,,85834790860# US (Tacoma)
OI Has New Online Education Toolbox – A Resource for You
“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela
The Olympia Indivisible Education Team has created a totally awesome Education Toolbox to arm us with the skills and know-how we need to transform the dark night of today into a better tomorrow.
Go to https://sites.google.com/view/oitraining and start learning. You’ll be amazed at how powerful you will become.
Common Purpose Lecture Series
One of the founders of Common Purpose, David Domke, is a professor of Communications and Political Science at U/W. He is an impressive speaker and committed progressive activist and he has two lectures that are relevant to our work coming up in June:
“VICE-PRESIDENTS: FROM JFK TO JOE BIDEN.” This is a two-lecture series June 14 + June 18. Here’s the details: There are differing theories of the best ways to select vice-presidential candidates. Sometimes the goal is to expand a presidential candidate’s Electoral College map. Other times the goal might be to double-down on a presidential candidate’s ideological or personal “brand”. And sometimes the goal is to show boldness. These lectures examine VP selections in the television era -- beginning with JFK’s choice of LBJ in 1960 -- and lays out what might we expect in the next two months from Joe Biden, who is on track to become the oldest major-party nominee for the Presidency in US history and thus faces a pivotal VP selection. There are five levels of registration for these lectures, starting at FREE and working their way up (the content is the same across the levels; the different price points are merely for you to pick the one you wish!). The lectures will be Livestreamed live at 7 pm Pacific time on the dates AND recorded for folks to watch on your own timing. Registrants will receive viewing instructions one day in advance of each lecture and then two hours before each lecture, via email. To register for the lectures, here’s the signup:
June 24, 2020, Wednesday 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
WEBINAR: The Lorax Project: Why We Need to Protect Our Trees in Thurston County
The Tree Action Group of the Thurston Climate Action Team (TCAT) is presenting a talk on the importance of preserving our urban forests in Thurston County. Learn about how trees clean the air, cool temperatures, prevent stormwater pollution of our bays, provide habitat, and keep us feeling happy (proven scientific fact!) Become a tree protector – learn how you can influence our local ordinances and the upcoming Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan so we can help trees protect us from climate change effects. Also learn resources for planting trees in your own garden and in public spaces.
Presented by Olympia Indivisible Environmental Liaison, Lisa Ceazan
Email Lynn Fitz-Hugh for Zoom link firstname.lastname@example.org
For all of you that made it all the way down here to the bottom, thank you. This is quite long, but it is all important and timely. Have a great week of action!