PROTECT OUR QUALITY OF LIFE
Take Action In Solidarity with Minneapolis
Protest have continued throughout the week. That’s good. Violence seems on the decline. That’s good.
Now what? A good place to start is on the OI national site: https://indivisible.org/resource/taking-action-solidarity-minneapolis.
In particular, consider their first item: Call your local officials and tell them to defund your local police department and invest those funds in resources people need, especially for Black communities, Indigenous communities and communities of color. https://indivisible.org/defund-police-and-invest-black-communities This weekend 700,000 medical professionals and students rallied in Seattle to demand this very thing. It is time to shatter the blue wall of silence.
Again, consider donating to the Black Lives Matter Seattle Freedom Fund. The funds collected through this fund will go to the immediate release of people protesting the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Manuel Ellis (May 2020). Any remaining funds will continue to be used for future bailout efforts as an ongoing community bail fund project.
And, consider joining or donating to CARW (Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites) https://www.carw.org/, a Pacific Northwest organization. You can get a good idea of their mission here: https://www.carw.org/about/
They have current actions taking place you can support.
End Qualified Immunity for Police
The Amash- Pressley bill H.R. 7085: To amend the Revised Statutes to remove the defense of qualified immunity in the case of any action under section 1979, and for other purposes, will hold police officers accountable when they violate peoples’ civil rights. This bill has 16 original cosponsors, we need Representative Heck to also become a cosponsor.
Reps. Justin Amash (L-Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) June 4th, introduced the “Ending Qualified Immunity Act” to eliminate qualified immunity and restore Americans' ability to obtain relief when state and local officials, including police officers, violate their legal and constitutionally secured rights. There are horrific cases of cops stealing, bombing and killing people negligently, but without repercussions.
Even Reason Magazine, a Libertarian publication supports the bill and said this about the current law: “The insidious legal doctrine [qualified immunity] allows police officers to violate your civil rights with absolute impunity if those rights have not been spelled out with near-identical precision in preexisting case law. Theoretically, it protects public officials from bogus civil suits, but practically it often allows egregious misconduct.”
Reason is calling out Republicans for not joining Democrats in cosponsoring the bill.
Qualified immunity “has helped foster a culture of impunity for law enforcement, with often absurd results. Just last year, qualified immunity was granted to Fresno officers accused of stealing more than $225,000 during a search, Idaho police who bombarded an innocent woman’s home with tear gas grenades, and a Georgia officer who tried to kill a family’s dog, but accidentally shot a 10-year-old boy instead, all on the grounds that the rights involved weren’t ‘clearly established.’”
Action: Call Representative Heck’s office 202-225-9740 or 360-459-8514
Script: My name is ________ and I’m a member of OI. I’m calling to ask Rep. Heck to cosponsor H.R. 7085 the Amash -Pressley bill. There is a long history of police negligently or maliciously killing people and never being held accountable because of this law. Police killing with impunity is usually something we associate with totalitarian regimes; it has no place in America. I’m counting on Congress-member Heck to show true patriotism and cosponsor this bill.
Senators Markey, Booker and Harris have introduced a companion Senate Resolution, but it does not yet have a number.
SAVE OUR DEMOCRACY
Help Black Americans Vote This November - Push States Now to Provide Safe Voting Options
“Stacy Abrams: I Know Voting Feels Inadequate Right Now...Every night for more than a week, we have witnessed the anguish and anger of demonstrators, their cries punctured by politicians urging them to vote their power...Across America, would-be voters continue to turn away or opt out, discouraged by the permanence of inequality, the persistence of voter suppression….” -Excerpted from a June 4 article by Stacy Abrams in the New York Times.
We can help Black Americans and people of color to vote this November by “pushing” states to provide safe voting options. 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 (2) Get Started & Check In Zoom sessions. 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
Friday, Jun 12, 2020 via Zoom
10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89783125965
Meeting ID: 897 8312 5965
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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
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Coming June 10, 7:00pm – OI Endorsement Team Presents Candidates for Your Endorsement Vote
Wednesday, June 10, at 7:00 PM the OI Endorsement Team will present their research on candidates for the fall elections. Members will be sent a link to the Zoom meeting. Those wishing to review candidate questionnaire responses prior to the meeting may do so at https://www.olympiaindivisible.org/endorsements.html
From the Endorsement team:
We can assure you that the endorsement meeting for the general membership will be an exciting event. We will introduce all the candidates who will be on the endorsement ballot with PowerPoint presentations, highlighting their bio's, viability, alignment with OI core values, strengths and weaknesses. This will enable OI members to make an informed choice, especially if they go on the OI website, where there will be more candidate info and videos of the town halls for some of the key candidates and races. OI can be a key element in deciding who becomes the next congressperson for our district, flipping the Board of County Commissioners to be a progressive body, and finding the best replacement for Beth Doglio. The primary is happening in only a few more months. We need to select the best progressive candidates and then work to help get them to the general election. So, be there or be square, as we used to say.
Following the presentation, OI will hold an endorsement vote lasting 7 days. We will use Opavote as we did in the 2018 and 2019 endorsement votes.
This time, as decided by our membership, we will be using Rank Choice Voting with a 51% majority, rather than plurality voting with a 66% supermajority required for endorsement, as we have done in the past.
A great 2 minute video explaining Rank Choice voting can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rgo-eJ-D__s
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:
“HOW JOE BIDEN CAN WIN.” This is a two-lecture series June 7 + June 11. Here’s the details: Joe Biden is a former US Senator and a former Vice-President. Now he is about to become the oldest major-party nominee for the Presidency in US history. He was first elected to the US Senate in 1972, and half a century later he seeks to become America's 46th President. Can he do it? This two-lecture series maps out the pathway forward for Biden and more broadly for the Democratic Party as it seeks to regain leadership on a national level. Biden can win and so can the party, and these are the key essential steps in the journey. There are five levels of registration for these lectures, starting at FREE and working their way up. 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:
“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: