We Need Resources, Facts, and Leadership to Fight the Coronavirus
Governor Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency after the first coronavirus death. The Governor is leading the response to this threat by taking proactive measures to ensure the safety of people who live in Washington state. Both Senator Patty Murray and Senator Maria Cantwell have been working with state and local officials to make sure they have the federal resources needed to deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19). In addition, Senator Murray wrote to President Trump telling him to replace Mike Pence with a public health expert to lead the nation’s Coronavirus Response. This is a time when we need clear, fact-based communications. We need decision making based on science and public health considerations not politics. The Trump administration needs to restore the entire pandemic response team that Trump fired in 2018. Trump never replaced them. In addition to the public health concerns, there is a need for emergency preparedness plans to look at the national picture and address the consequences of large scale quarantines, business impacts, and supply shortages.
The best source of current information about COVID-19 is http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus
ACTION: Call our Senators to 1) thank them for their work to make more resources available to deal with the coronavirus, 2) ask them to continue to demand that public health experts lead the nation’s coronavirus response, 3) ask them to demand a new pandemic response team, and 4) ask for a national emergency preparedness plan.
Senator Maria Cantwell (253) 572-2281 Senator Patty Murray (253) 572-3636
Script: My Name is _______________, and I am a member of Olympia Indivisible. I am calling to thank Senator _________ for working to make federal resources available to help deal with the coronavirus. Please continue to demand that public health experts lead the coronavirus response and demand that the administration restore the pandemic response team. In addition, we need a national emergency preparedness plan to address the nationwide consequences of a pandemic. Thank you.
ACTION: Call Congressman Denny Heck to 1) ask for more resources to deal with the coronavirus, 2) ask him to demand that public health experts lead the nation’s coronavirus response, 3) ask him to demand a new pandemic response team, and 4) ask for a national emergency preparedness plan.
Congressman Denny Heck (360) 459-8514
Script: My Name is _______________, and I am a member of Olympia Indivisible. I am calling to ask Congressman Heck to make more federal resources available to help deal with the coronavirus. Please demand that public health experts lead the coronavirus response and demand that the administration restore the pandemic response team. In addition, we need a national emergency preparedness plan to address the nationwide consequences of a pandemic. Thank you.
Arizona Letter Writing – There’s Still Time!
Please help Olympia Indivisible meet our goal of writing 1,000 postcards to help turn out the vote by newly-registered Arizona Democrats for the Presidential Preference Election in Arizona on March 17!
Cards need to be mailed by March 7, we are holding one more parties in the Olympia region before March 3.
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Two actions you can STILL do on your own to help achieve our 2020 Big, Audacious Goals
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The Legislative Team Has Selected the Top Actions for the Week Of 03/01/2020
URGENT: Keep SB5947, Sustainable Farms and Fields Bill Alive
The House Rural Development, Agriculture, and Natural Resources committee moved the Sustainable Farms and Fields bill (SB 5947) out of committee early Friday morning. While the bill has widespread support, it is running out of time to get through the legislature this year, and it moved out of committee with a bad amendment that requires a $1.2 million appropriation for other conservation programs before Sustainable Farms and Fields can take effect. This large appropriation has nothing to do with our bill and threatens to stand in the way of farmers getting much needed support to tackle climate change.
ACTION: Call your representative today! Tell them you want to see Sustainable Farms SB 5947 move through the House Capital Budget committee (meeting on Monday, 3/2) and off the floor as fast as possible without unrelated funding amendments!
LD-22 Representative Beth Doglio is Vice-Chair of this committee: (360) 786-7992
LD-35 Representatives: Dan Griffey (360) 786-7966 Drew MacEwan (360) 786-7902
LD-2 Representatives: Andrew Barkis (360) 786-7824 J.T. Wilcox (360) 786-7912 (Rep. Wilcox is a strong supporter of this bill.)
Sample Script: “My name is X, and I’m a constituent of the Yth district. I am calling to urge you to move SB 5947, a sustainable farming bill, out of the House Capital Budget committee and off the floor. This bill has bipartisan support and helps our farmers tackle climate change. I also want to urge my representative to oppose amendments that attach funding unrelated programs to SB 5947 - this bill deserves a vote on its own merits.”
Clean Fuel Standard
A Clean Fuel Standard (E2SHB 1110) creates incentives for clean, low-carbon choices like electricity and local plant-based fuels to power our transportation. By 2035, with a Clean Fuel Standard, we could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by six million tons per year. LD-22 Representative Beth Doglio is a sponsor and the bill is endorsed by the Washington Environmental Priorities Coalition (including such organizations as the Washington Environmental Council and Carbon WA) and Climate Solutions (for which LD-22 Representative Beth Doglio works.)
ACTION: We have less than 2 weeks to pass legislation on climate for this year’s legislative session. This important bill for climate, the Clean Fuel Standard, has a committee hearing coming up this Monday. The Washington Environmental Council wants to pack the room to show WA wants clean fuels now! Show up early to get signs and buttons from the WEC.
Clean Fuels Hearing in the Senate Transportation Committee
WHEN: Monday, March 2nd at 1:30PM
WHERE: John A. Cherberg Building
304 15th Ave SW, Olympia, WA 98501
Senate Hearing Room 1
Call or email:
Senator Steve Hobbs,Chair (360) 786-7686 Steve.Hobbs@leg.wa.gov
Senator Tim Sheldon (if you are an LD-35 constituent) (360) 786-7668 Timothy.Sheldon@leg.wa.gov
Want to Have a Public Power Utility in Thurston County Again?
From Power To The Public (Olympia) :Come see Jefferson PUD up in scenic Port Townsend on March 14th. It's about a 2 hour carpool and we're going to make the day of it! It looks like we'll have friends joining us from EKC PUD and perhaps others. We'll tour facilities and hear about their awesome projects as they determine their energy future! Then enjoy delightful discussions over a big meal with a view of the sound.
Contact Paul Picket if you want to join, all are welcome, but there may be space limitations so you need to RSVP!
Friday, March 6, 6:00
Olympia Indivisible Members TGIF Gathering!
All Members Welcome! Let the Resistance foment!
Ramirez Brothers on 4th 318 4th Ave E, Olympia
Thursday, March 12, 10:30-noon
Grey Resistance Indivisible (GRI) is hosting Victor Minjares, Chair of the TC Democrats
Attorney Minjares will share their plans for 2020 and how we might collaborate to achieve our joint goals.
In the lower level of the Quinault Auditorium, Panarama City. Open to OI members, not the general public.
Wednesday, March 18, 6:30
Moving Toward More Progressive State Leadership
Gael Tarleton, Candidate for WA Secretary of State, Mike Pelliciotti, Candidate for WA State Treasurer
Sponsored by Indivisible Tacoma and Olympia Indivisible
Tahoma Universalist Unitarian Church, 1115 So. 56thSt, Tacoma