PROTECT OUR QUALITY OF LIFE
Support Representative Pramila Jayapal's Paycheck Guarantee Act
U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, announced introduction of the Paycheck Guarantee Act to end mass layoffs, keep workers in their jobs and connected to their health care and other benefits, prevent employers of all sizes from being forced to close permanently, and ensure that the economy is ready to restart when the COVID-19 pandemic ends. A white paper on the bill is available here, and a one-page summary is available here.
This TUESDAY, MAY 12:
Join other Indivisible chapter members in a statewide Day of Action to call our MoCs (Congress and Senate) and ask that they support the Paycheck Guarantee Act. (Washington Congresspersons Denny Heck, Kim Schrier and Adam Smith have already signaled their support; our Senators have yet to do so).
ACTION: Tweet & post about their call using the hashtags #PeoplesAgenda and #WaIndivisible. (The first hashtag is the National Indivisible's current campaign of action, which includes support for this bill). While you are at it, call up our MOCs and tell them you support this bill, thank Denny Heck and you want our Senators to support it.
Senator Patty Murray (253) 572-3636
Senator Maria Cantwell (253) 572-2281
Representative Denny Heck (360) 459-8514
We Need to Put Food on the Table for Millions of Families
The food banks across the country are overwhelmed, and the Democrats have a solution. We need to increase the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and expand the program to more families. This increase should be one of the top priorities in the negotiations for a future relief bill because it will benefit farmers as well as the people who are currently waiting in long lines at local food banks. The money spent for nutrition assistance will help stimulate the economy and increase the delivery of food through normal supply chains. We need to encourage our Members of Congress to fight for an increase in nutrition assistance for millions of families.
ACTION: Call our Members of Congress and ask them to fight for an increase in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program as part of the next relief bill.
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 urge Senator __________ to fight for an increase in nutrition assistance for families in need. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits should be increased and expanded as part of the next relief bill. The local food banks are overwhelmed. We need help.
Representative Denny Heck (360) 459-8514
Script: My name is ___________________, and I am a member of Olympia Indivisible. I am calling to urge Representative Heck to fight for an increase in nutrition assistance for families in need. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits should be increased and expanded as part of the next relief bill. The local food banks are overwhelmed. We need help.
It’s Time For A Call to National Service
Because of the President’s chaotic and incompetent response to the COVID crisis, states have largely had to respond to the pandemic on their own. Each state is trying to put in place the crucial contact tracing and testing that will protect vulnerable citizens, but the resources to do this varies widely from state to state.
This is exactly the kind of support that a competent and effective national strategy would make possible. Just look at the countries on this list that have responded effectively to COVID. They have done this through ample testing and contact tracing: https://www.endcoronavirus.org/countries?fbclid=IwAR2lv6EhxohnG5Dg9jQ6o1NA1g5jfzKcHP3HzJ0cyR0rvZiFmCeHECauvWI#winning
The United States’ response has been tragically inadequate. Senator Chris Coons (D) decided to do something about this and put forth an excellent bill that would double the size of AmeriCorps to be used to support state’s efforts in contact tracing. This is a win-win solution. It would put thousands of young adults to work in a crashing job market while providing realistic support that could ramp up efforts to make effective contact tracing a reality.
ACTION: Call our senators now and urge them to co-sponsor Senator Coons’ Pandemic Response and Opportunity Through National Service Act. Our country is capable of greatness. All we need to do is ask.
Senator Patty Murray: 202-224-2621
Senator Maria Cantwell: (202) 224-3441
Speaking out against Trump’s decision to prioritize jobs over preventing COVID-19 deaths
This past week, we began to hear a different tune from the Trump kingdom. Instead of keeping an emphasis on preventing deaths from COVID-19, Trump and his minions have begun to suggest that a higher rate of deaths is an acceptable price to pay in order to reopen the economy! A recent Washington Post article quoted Trump as calling this policy shift a “transition to greatness” in remarks to Congressional Republicans.
This is obviously a cynical ploy to appeal to his base and to attempt to bolster his sagging polls. It is also likely a concept that he could back away from quickly if there is an overwhelming negative public reaction. We’ve certainly seen him change direction on a lot of issues when he realizes that his poll numbers aren’t improving.
Let’s make sure that this cynical and tragic policy shift sparks a strong pushback.
ACTION: Call or email our MOCs to tell them to loudly oppose this Trump effort and call the White House to register your opposition.
Senator Patty Murray Phone: (202) 224-2621
Senator Maria Cantwell Phone: (202) 224-3441
Representative Denny Heck Phone: 202-225-9740
Script: My name is _______, and I am a member of Olympia Indivisible. The Trump administration is announcing this week that it is acceptable to sacrifice more American lives in pursuit of their goal of getting the economy going again. I request Senator/Representative to oppose this misguided, cynical and tragic policy choice, and to continue to emphasize the need for more federal assistance with testing, contact tracing and supplies.
Update: The Comments line is temporarily not accepting calls. Your message is important to President Donald J. Trump. You may leave your message at www.whitehouse.gov/contact
Comments: 202-456-1111. Switchboard: 202-456-1414. TTY/TTD Comments: 202-456-6213
My name is ____________, and I am calling to protest the President’s decision to accept a higher rate of coronavirus deaths in his attempt to get the economy going again. Sacrificing American lives is an unacceptable tradeoff for jobs, our President should know this. He needs to focus on increasing federal resources for testing, contract tracing and for ensuring that our front-line protectors have the PPE they need to stay safe.
STATE & COUNTY ACTIONS
The Legislative Team Has Selected the Top Actions for the Week Of 05/10/20
Thurston County Budget
Beginning 3/25/20 the Thurston Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) authorized 5% hazard pay for law enforcement. The cost will be $130,000 for April and May combined.
Hazard Pay recipients are:
My name is [Name] and I am calling because I oppose the 5% hazard pay for law enforcement and I am asking Commissioners Hutchings and Edwards to end the hazard pay program. Although these are extraordinary times, the BoCC has a fiduciary duty to citizens to keep a balanced budget. I admire and respect our law enforcement, but we know revenues will be down. This also smells bad; there are many more members of our community putting their lives at risk and in some cases more than that of law enforcement, who are equally deserving of hazard pay. Our priorities today should be the fiscal health of the county, aiding small businesses and people in need.
All 3 Commissioners
Update: John Hutchings (360) 357-2470 Mr. Hutchings voice mail is full, he may be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gary Edwards (360) 786-5747
Tye Menser (360) 786-5414
Indivisible Town Halls
Tuesday 5/12/20 3:30 p.m. OI Endorsement Town Hall
Jessica Bateman for LD22 and Carolina Mejia for County Commissioner district 1
Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0sd-uhqzstEtIlgOyrKFrjhjFSkAchtoVx
Tuesday 5/19/20 3:30 p.m. OI Endorsement Town Hall
Mary Ellen Bickerstaff for LD22 and Rory Summerson for County Commissioner district 1
Register next week
From Indivisible Tacoma:
Tuesday 5/19/2020 7pm, Hilary Franz, Commissioner of Public Lands (Register at: https://bit.ly/PublicLands_TownHall)
The program will also be rebroadcast on the WA Indivisible Podcast on Thursdays before noon. Washington Indivisible network podcasts
Here are the links to the video and podcast.
Video Recording of the WA Indivisible Town Hall with Gael Tarleton, candidate for Secretary of State, and Mike Pellicciotti, candidate for State Treasurer, April 21, 2020
Podcast of WA Indivisible Town Hall with Gael Tarleton, candidate for Secretary of State, and Mike Pellicciotti, candidate for State Treasurer, April 21, 2020
Video available: May 5, 2020 - OI Endorsement Town Hall
It’s Mother’s Day!
My mom is 88. I was discussing politics with her last night. She said, of all the things she doesn’t really understand in the political world, it is that many young people don’t vote. That bothers her the most of anything. She thinks everyone should vote. I had a variety of answers for her on “why”, none of which are particularly important here. What was important is what we are going to do about it.
ACTION: Call your kin. Kids, Grandkids, Parents, Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents, the people you care about and the people who care about you. Have a conversation with them about voting. Ask them if they vote. If yes, when was the last time they voted? If no, ask if they are registered to vote. If not, tell them how to register – go to this link: https://vote.dosomething.org/g20?campaignid=1400367336&adgroupid=59211813247&source=ads&gclid=Cj0KCQjwzN71BRCOARIsAF8pjfjAYpzC1fsTdNmSs4W9uLHYj3HsYiRDZOBH0PWbeHxdDqfOPxPugboaAmkdEALw_wcB. You can also contact the auditor’ offices https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/auditor/Pages/elections-voter-reg.aspx
Make it easy for them.
Tell them you will follow up in November and then do it. My mother approves this message. Tom Dyer
May 13, 2020, Wednesday 7:00 – 8:30 PM
WEBINAR: A Healthy Diet for You, Me and the Planet
Research shows that the diet with greatest health and longevity for people is almost the same as what has the best carbon footprint for the planet! Presentation and discussion via Zoom.
Come learn more about what studies show about how foods that are best for human health are also those whose production methods have the lowest environmental impacts, including GHG emissions. We’ll also hear tips on a sensible approach to making lasting changes towards adoption of a plant-based diet. At the conclusion of the event we will invite those who are interested to sign up for an online support group for people who are trying to learn to cook in a new way to support personal and planetary health. When we can, we’ll arrange time to meet for a healthy, planet-friendly meal together!
Email Lynn Fitz-Hugh for Zoom link email@example.com