Invitation to Meet-Up and Check-In
The Advocacy Initiative: Help Americans to Vote Safely
Join us for an All Member Meet-Up this Saturday, May 30 at 11:00 a.m. via Zoom. We will check-in about the work we are doing from our homes to help more Americans vote safely through the Advocacy Initiative. Featured guest will be Daniel Kaseberg, Civic Fieldwork Manager from our partner organization, Common Purpose in Seattle. Daniel hosts a weekly Community Check-In with volunteers who are working to push Governors and Election Commissioners in 23 states to enact safe voting systems in time for the November elections. This advocacy work is also at the federal level pushing US Senators to support legislation now in Congress that will allow all registered voters access to absentee ballots.
Here’s a short video from OI to introduce you to the project, The Advocacy Initiative
If we help more Americans to vote safely, they’ll help us to win!
All Member Meet-Up and Check-In
May 30, 2020 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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STATE & COUNTY ACTIONS
The Legislative Team Has Selected the Top Actions for the Week Of 05/24/20
Oppose New Chehalis River Dam by May 27, 2020
The Chehalis River is the largest watershed that is completely within the state of Washington and it has the healthiest salmon population of any river in Washington.
The Sierra Club says:
“The dam will be ineffective, environmentally destructive and comes with a hefty price tag.”
“We need solutions that work for local communities, salmon, and indigenous peoples - the Chehalis dam won’t cut it.”.
Both the Chehalis and Quinault tribes, whose homelands are in the Chehalis watershed, oppose this dam.
For a comprehensive look at the impacts, watch the excellent film “Chehalis: A Watershed Moment”:
The Chehalis River Alliance Proposal’s estimated cost is $628M to $1B.
What the dam WON’T do:
What the dam will do:
ACTION: Submit comments to: https://chehalisbasinstrategy.com/eis/comment-form/ by May 27, 2020.
I oppose the proposed $628 million to $1 billion Chehalis Dam. A new dam will not eliminate flooding and would significantly impact fish (contributing to the extinction of the spring chinook run and of steelhead) wildlife, aquatic and terrestrial habitat, recreation, earth, water, air, and wetlands.
A more effective long-term solution for flooding, one that also protects the river’s salmon runs, is restoring natural floodplain function to the basin, along with flood proofing I-5’s most at-risk stretches.
SIGN THE PETITION: THE THURSTON CLIMATE MITIGATION PLAN (TCMP)
One of the most important results of the Paris climate meeting in 2015 was a universal recognition that cities must play a critical role in reducing our planet’s greenhouse gas emissions to safe levels. Olympia started this effort in line with its commitment to the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy in late 2015. The TCMP is a partnership begun in 2018 by Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater and Thurston County to develop a plan for drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions community-wide throughout Thurston County. GHG reduction targets adopted by all four jurisdictions are: 45% reduction in GHG emissions below 2015 levels by 2030, and 85% by 2050. The Thurston Regional Planning Council is managing and coordinating the project. A draft plan will be released for public comment the end of June.
A new study published by the National Academy of Sciences estimates that by 2070 up to 1 billion people will be living in areas too hot to be habitable if the planet continues heating at the current pace. We residents of Thurston County can do our part by ensuring our elected officials know we place a high priority on strong local climate action. Please sign the petition!
Indivisible Town Halls
Every election cycle Olympia Indivisible gets a chance to promote its progressive ideals by endorsing candidates for public office. The OI endorsement process is underway now, and you can join in to make a difference.
Your Endorsement Team invites you to join a Zoom Town Hall on Tuesday, May 26th at Your Endorsement Team invites you to join a Zoom Town Hall on Tuesday, May 26th at 3:30 PM with Kristine Reeves, and at 4:15 PM with Phil Gardner.
We hope to hold a series of Zoom town halls with candidates running to represent Washington’s 10th Congressional District (CD10). The dates and candidates will be announced later.
The race for Congress in CD10 features nineteen candidates who are seeking to fill the seat vacated by Denny Heck. Eight of the candidates are Democrats. Your Endorsement Team is collecting information about all the candidates to help you cast an informed endorsement vote on June 10.
If you have any questions that you would like us to ask the candidates, please submit them to : Town Hall Candidate Questions May 26
So join us on May 26th at 3:30 by clicking the link:
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From Indivisible Tacoma:
6/2/2020 Tuesday 7PM, Statewide Lt. Governor with Marko Liias, Denny Heck (Steve Hobbs has been invited but no response yet) Registration link: bit.ly/LtGov_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: Previous OI Townhalls may be viewed at:
HELP YOUR NEIGHBOR
Thurston County Food Bank Needs Community Support
In March and April, members of Olympia Indivisible generously donated funds to the Thurston County Food Bank. However,
the number of people they serve is on the rise. Of the nearly 9,000 people served county-wide each week, 25% are new -- folks who surprisingly find themselves relying on the Food Bank for the first time. About 4,000 served are elementary school children and younger kids in the Head Start program.
If you have not yet donated and can help with a contribution, it's easy via the OI website DONATE. Please note with your donation that it's for the Food Bank.
Thanks Olympia Indivisible members!
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:
Documentary: SLAY THE DRAGON
Take a look at this excellent documentary about voter suppression in the US since 2008. Rent if for $6.99 - it’s well worth the 7 bucks!i
After the 2008 election, a secretive, well-funded partisan initiative poured money into state legislative races in key swing states to gain control of their redistricting processes and used high-tech analytics to dramatically skew voting maps based on demographic data. The result is one of the greatest electoral manipulations in U.S. history, one that poses a fundamental threat to our democracy and exacerbates the already polarized atmosphere in Congress and state houses across the country. The new documentary Slay the Dragon shines a light on this timely issue, and follows a handful of citizens' groups, outraged by what they see as an attack on the core democratic principle that every person's vote should count equally, as they battle party operatives and an entrenched political establishment to fix a broken system.