Reinvigorate Your Activism Part 2. Hello friends – last week I said I was going to do my Call to Action every week. Monday came – didn’t do it. Tuesday didn’t do it. But both days I kept moving it over a day on my calendar. Wednesday I did the Call. I have to say putting it on my calendar for Monday morning worked for me. I did not forget. If you are finding it difficult to remember to do the Call to Action, give the Put-it-on-the-Calendar technique a try. Tom Dyer
Support Helen Wheatley for Port Commissioner
Sign Waving Time!
It is time to make the final push to victory – days to go before ballots are due. We expect a close race and name recognition is huge!
We need 5-6 people each day for a good show of support.
We’ll be in one of locations each day - West Side Olympia, Downtown Olympia, and Capitol Way in Tumwater.
Signs will be provided or you can bring your own.
RSVP to Carla Wulfsberg for the days you can come.
email@example.com or Call or Text: 360 561-5490
Monday, Nov. 4 - from 4:00 - 5:30 Plum and Union
Tuesday, Nov. 5 - from 4:00 - 5:30 - Capitol Blvd. and Trosper
Call Your Friends
One of the most important things we can do to win is to make sure people vote. Last week, one of my friends that I called had not received her ballot and I got her the info for the Thurston County Auditor so she can get that squared away. If all of us do that and find a friend that needs help voting, that is 680 votes (hopefully for Helen Wheatley). Tye Mensor won by 800 votes.
We can make a difference! You are a well-informed OI member. Call/email/text 3-5 of your friends and simply ask them if they’ve voted. If they’ve not, encourage them to. If they’re not familiar with Helen, send them the link to http://www.heleforport.com and tell them why you voted for her. An easy place to start is she is endorsed by the Sierra Club and the Thurston County Democrats.
Phone Banking for Helen Wheatley
Can’t get out but have time to help? Get a phone list and call voters!
ACTION: phone banking:
Protectors of the Salish Sea need Supplies
For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org ; (360) 870-8290
Tell Commissioner Edwards and Sheriff Snaza to Uphold the Law
Sometimes events happening across the country and internationally can dominate the news. It's easy to fixate on all the larger issues and miss something important happening in our own back yard. Such is the case regarding a meeting in Yelm involving Thurston County Commissioner Gary Edwards and Thurston County Sheriff John Snaza. https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/discontent-over-washington-gun-laws-leads-group-to-talk-of-citizens-arrest-of-bob-ferguson/
Edwards and Snaza attended a meeting called by a citizens group at the Yelm Prairie Christian Center on Oct. 16 to discuss 2nd Amendment rights and the group’s opposition to Initiative 1639, passed with a 60% majority vote last year, as well as their desire to have WA State Attorney General Bob Ferguson imprisoned for treason. In the course of this meeting the Seattle Times and other local news outlets reported on comments from Edwards regarding his own opposition to the common sense regulations of I1639.
“The commissioner said gun-rights supporters in Washington are seeing the same types of resistance that he believes President Donald Trump has faced in office. But, ‘If we’re lucky, the president will get the courts stacked right,’ Edwards added later. ‘If we’re not lucky, we might have a revolution.’”
Both Snaza and Edwards are elected officials, representing Thurston County taxpayers. For them to accept the concept and inevitability of armed revolution is reprehensible and unacceptable. The lack of condemnation of violence is tacit to encouraging violence. This is not to say Edwards and Snaza actively advocated rebellion, but rather their silence validates the idea that armed resistance is normal and acceptable
This is not happening in Kentucky or Mississippi or Georgia . It is happening in Yelm, WA. And what action is appropriate for us to take as citizens?
ACTION: Write these politicians, on the record, and voice your displeasure!
Contact Gary Edwards at https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/email/pages/default.aspx?List-ID=286 and John Snaza at https://www.co.thurston.wa.us/cm/email/email.asp?mod=1 and express your feelings. Silence is not an effective option.
Dial Up The Impeachment Heat
This comes from Indivisible national: Sign up for a shift making calls to ensure an open and transparent impeachment trial. This week, Indivisiblers across the country called more than 222,000 voters to urge them to contact their senators on impeachment -- and all of these calls happened because of activists across the country stepping up to spend a few hours on the phones. This week, we’ve added more shifts through early November, so there’s plenty of options to choose from. For folks that might be new to using hubdialer, it’s a simple four-part process:
Buy We Are Indivisible Book, Join Cookies & Conversation
Indivisible's founders, Leah Greensburg's book We Are Indivisible, A Blueprint For Democracy After Trump comes out November 5. This isn't a book of platitudes about hope; it's a steely-eyed guide to people power--how to find it, how to build it, and how to use it to usher in the post-Trump era. As the book's Introduction author Marielena Hincapie says: "Viewed from the top, American democracy is under aerial bombardment. But there is also the view from the bottom, where a democratic renewal is underway." This book explores how each of us can be part of that renewal.
Olympia Indivisible's Cookies and Conversations hosts Glen Hubbard and Lisa Ornstein are organizing a four-session Saturday evening We are Indivisible book discussion group starting November 16 and running through December 14 (with time out for Thanksgiving week-end). Joining this book group is a great way to learn about the vision of Indivisible's founders, to share your responses and thoughts about that vision with fellow Indivisiblers, and to build fellowship and energy as we look forward to 2020 and beyond. Oh. And cookies! Let's not forget about cookies.
So, you might ask, how do you get geared up to be part of this soon-to-be-legendary book group?
STEP 1. Buy the book. It'll hit the shelves of local bookstores Nov. 5, OR you can order a copy right now for from Indivisible's nifty website and save a few bucks off the list price. Here's the website address : https://www.porchlightbooks.com/product/we-are-indivisible-a-blueprint-for-democracy-after-trump--leah-greenberg?variationCode=9781982129972
STEP 2. Sign up for the book club. We'll be meeting at Glen's home in NW and/or Lisa's in SE (tbd) on Saturday Nov. 16 and 23rd, and Dec. 7 and 14, from 7-8:30pm. We're limiting the group to 15, so ya gotta sign up in advance (and we suggest you do so quickly!). How? RSVP to Cookiesandconversationrsvp@gmail.com
Reminders and directions will emailed to the members who sign up. The November 16 event will be at Glen's home.
STEP 3. Read chapters 1 and 2 by November 16.
4. Sign up to meet the authors! Ezra and Leah will be speaking about We are Indivisible Sunday, November 10 at 5:00 PM at University Bookstore, 1415 NE 43rd Street, Seattle, WA, with
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal moderating (wow!). RSVP at: https://act.indivisible.org/event/local-actions/148443/signup/?
Empower Returning Citizens with the Right to Vote
People who have served a prison sentence are excluded from electing their own representatives. Because of this restriction on voting rights, millions of Americans are left without the right to vote. The Democracy Restoration Act (H.R. 196 and S. 1068) would give returning citizens the right to vote in federal elections. Senator Patty Murray is a co-sponsor of S. 1068, but Senator Maria Cantwell and Representative Denny Heck are not yet co-sponsors of the proposed legislation.
ACTION: Call Congressman Denny Heck (360) 459-8514 and ask him to co-sponsor H.R. 196.
Script: My name is _______________, and I am a member of Olympia Indivisible. I am calling because I am concerned that people who have served a prison sentence are excluded from electing their own representatives. States vary in their approach to voting rights, leaving millions of Americans without the right to vote. I would like Congressman Heck to co-sponsor the Democracy Restoration Act (H.R. 196). This would give returning citizens the right to vote in federal elections. Thank you.
ACTION: Call Senator Maria Cantwell and ask her to co-sponsor S. 1068.
Senator Maria Cantwell (253) 572-2281
Script: My name is _______________, and I am a member of Olympia Indivisible. I am calling because I am concerned that people who have served a prison sentence are excluded from electing their own representatives. States vary in their approach to voting rights, leaving millions of Americans without the right to vote. I would like Senator Cantwell to co-sponsor the Democracy Restoration Act (S. 1068). This would give returning citizens the right to vote in federal elections. Thank you.
ACTION: Call Senator Patty Murray and thank her for co-sponsoring S. 1068.
Senator Patty Murray (253) 572-3636
Script: My name is _______________, and I am a member of Olympia Indivisible. I am calling to thank Senator Patty Murray for co-sponsoring the Democracy Restoration Act (S. 1068). This legislation will give returning citizens the right to vote in federal elections. Thank you.
Monday November 4 - 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
New Member Orientation: If you have never attended, you should.
RSVP TO: email@example.com Location will be provided when you RSVP
New Member Orientation: If you have never attended, you should.
WHEN: November 4
TIME: 7:00 PM-8:30 PM.
WHERE: Location will be provided when you RSVP
RSVP TO: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, November 8 5:30
Olympia Indivisible Members TGIF Gathering!
NEW LOCATION Cooper Point Public House
3002 Harrison Ave NW, Olympia
Saturday, November 9 – 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m
League of Women Voters Olympia/Thurston County Action Workshop -.
Climate Change & Environmental Justice—It’s Time for Action!
South Puget Sound Community College—Lacey Campus 4220 6th Avenue SE, Lacey, WA