Stand in Solidarity and Support the Asian American Pacific Islander Community
As members of an organization dedicated to justice and inclusivity, many of us are wondering how we can take meaningful action to stand in solidarity with the Asian American Pacific Islander community in the wake of the horrific mass shootings in Georgia this past week. Olympia Indivisible members are action takers, so here are four simple and meaningful actions:
Our Steady Pressure Can Change the Senate!
When you mention the word filibuster, most people think of actor Jimmy Stewart in “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” courageously talking for hours to do right by his voters, but that no longer is reality.
In today’s Senate, thanks to Mitch McConnell, all it takes to kill crucial legislation is an email from a senator. There are no speeches, no filibustering, and no senators listening to debate. No other major democracy in the world requires this kind of supermajority to pass regular legislation. With the current filibuster rules, Congress is paralyzed. Corporations and the GOP love that this makes it impossible to pass crucial laws for healthcare, civil rights, climate change, and infrastructure.
Action: Contact our Senators. They need to hear, over and over again that it is time to change the Senate rules. Don’t let the filibuster stop crucial legislation.
Script: My name is ______. As a member of Olympia Indivisible, I am calling again to tell my Senator that we must change the Senate rules for the filibuster. No other major democracy in the world requires a supermajority to pass normal legislation. Don’t let the filibuster stop crucial legislation.
Has the Time Finally Arrived for Statehood for the “Other Washington”, Our Nation’s Capital?
Recently, there has been a dramatic increase in conversations about granting statehood to Washington, DC. If it becomes a state, it would be the third smallest in population (ahead of Vermont and Wyoming, and comparable to Alaska, Delaware and a few others). Statehood for DC, which is predominantly black, is now understood as a racial justice issue as well as an equal rights issue. DC residents overwhelmingly support statehood; a 2016 referendum had 86% support. Two factors still seem to be holding it back, Republican opposition and a general lack of awareness of the issues by many US citizens.
Republican opposition is a cynical political move to avoid further loss of power, and is not based on any political or moral principle. Their opposition to DC statehood is another facet of their opposition to protection of voting rights. The low level of awareness of the issue nationally has resulted in many members of Congress viewing it as a low priority, that is changing recently.
The House Oversight and Reform Committee will hold a hearing on a DC statehood bill this week. Democratic leadership reportedly expects that it will pass the House this summer. The prospects of Senate passage are still uncertain. Republicans could kill it with a filibuster, or the Democrats might not be able to muster 51 votes, or both. Even still, advocates for DC statehood are heartened by the amount of attention and support it has received recently. Increased awareness is key to passage, and passage by the House will be invaluable.
Action: Contact Rep. Strickland and let her know of your support for DC statehood. Script: My name is _________________, and as a member of Olympia Indivisible, I view statehood for DC as long overdue. It is a matter of racial justice as well as ensuring equal voting rights for all citizens of the US. I urge Representative Strickland to prioritize support for DC statehood, and put an end to discrimination against DC residents. It is time to end this embarrassment; that citizens of our nation’s capital have no control over taxation, budgets and local laws.
Who Sez Ya Can’t Learn a New Trick?
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Olympia Indivisible Congratulates Deb Haaland
Since she has been officially sworn-in by Vice President Harris as the country’s Secretary of the Interior, Rep. Debra Haaland, D-New Mexico, is now the first Native American to lead a Cabinet agency, the third woman to head the Department of the Interior, and the eighth in line for the Presidency.
Some Who Broke Through the Glass Ceiling
There still seems to be a metaphor here. Even with these immense steps toward equality, women are still masked. Let us soon be able to live without masks of any kind.