OI 2020 Strategic Plan Vote Result: Approved by 97% of voting OI members.
Support Helen Wheatley for Port Commissioner
Helen needs donations Now!
We are a month away from the election. Helen needs money for more signs plus printing and postage for a big mailer to voters the last week of the campaign. In an off year election for a lesser known office, name recognition is critical. This is a tough election against an incumbent, Helen’s team thinks it likely they will see a large deceptive mailer at the end of the campaign like Tye Menser saw in his County Commissioner race last year.
ACTION: If you can afford to donate, now is the time to do it. All donations are appreciated, but if you can afford it, donations of $100, $200, or $300 that will really help. Go to https://secure.anedot.com/helenforport/donate and donate today.
Canvassing and Phone Banking
ACTION: Oly Indivisible will have two more group canvassing dates: Wednesday, October 9, and Wednesday, October 16, 5-7 pm. If you can make 10/9, rsvp to Lisa Ceazan firstname.lastname@example.org; if you can make 10/16, rsvp to Tom Dyer, email@example.com. No need to contact us if you are unable to participate.
Other options for canvassing are on Saturdays this month. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to participate.
Lastly, we are piggybacking with Our Revolution to phone bank. They have access to a huge phone list of very receptive voters, many of whom, OR has discovered, know nothing about the Port Commissioner race but are thrilled to learn that a progressive candidate is running and are enthusiastic about voting for Helen.
ACTION: Two options for phone banking:
Thanks to all the OI members who participated in postcard parties the last few weeks – they surpassed the target of 700 postcards with 743 total!
Port of Olympia Seeks Volunteer Citizen Advisors
The Olympia reports the advisory committee meets once a month to take on assignments from the commission and provide feedback. For more info call 360-528-8014. To apply go to www.portolympia.com
Thurston Planning Commission Needs a Progressive Voice
Do you or someone you know care about Thurston County’s future landscape, especially when it comes to how much of our land is in agricultural use versus gravel pits and industrial use?
The Thurston County Planning Commission has an open seat for a member from Commissioner District 2 (East County). The Planning Commission acts as a research and fact-finding agency for Thurston County; studies and recommends revisions to county land use plans and associated regulations, such as zoning and subdivision ordinances.
ACTION: Please spread the word to all your progressive friends and ask them to ask interested parties from District 2 to fill out an online application found on the TC Boards & Commissions page. The application deadline is October 30,2019 and applications need to be sent in as soon as possible so the Commissioners have time to review the applicants.
Support Olympia Businesses Targeted for Displaying Gay Pride Flags
The Olympian reports that someone has posted flyers at businesses in Olympia telling them to take down their gay pride flags. A few days after the flyers were posted, someone broke a window next to a gay pride flag. The police are looking at this incident as a premeditated hate crime. The Gatsby Parlour de Beaute reported that this is the second time someone has broken their window. Other businesses impacted by the flyers include Dillinger’s, the Olympia Film Society, and the Washington Center for the Performing Arts. Capital City Pride has started a fundraiser to help with a show of support, and other businesses are encouraged to put up pride flags.
ACTION: Support local businesses displaying pride flags and donate to the Capital City Pride fundraiser. https://secure.squarespace.com/checkout/donate
Stop the Trump Regime’s Cruelty to Children
(From Americans of Conscience Checklist)
Demand access to medical treatment and sanitary living conditions for children being held in concentration camps. [h/t AILA]
Write: Officer Cameron Quinn, The DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Building 410, Mail Stop #0190, Washington, D.C. 20528,
The DHS Inspector General Joseph V. Cuffari, Office of Inspector General/MAIL STOP 0305, Department of Homeland Security, 245 Murray Lane SW, Washington, DC 20528-0305
and the FBI: Christopher A. Wray, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI Headquarters, 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20535-0001
Script: Hello, I’m writing from [ZIP] to express my disgust over Customs and Border Protection’s flagrant disregard for their own standards for safeguarding and providing medical care to those in their custody. The CBP is detaining children in appalling, unsanitary conditions, guarded by personnel who are not appropriately trained to identify the signs of sickness or injury. The combination of these horrific conditions and a lack of trained medical professionals with child welfare expertise has led to outbreaks of the flu, serious illnesses, and multiple deaths. I am joining the American Immigration Council, American Immigration Lawyers Association, and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. in demanding adequate medical care and basic sanitary conditions for children and individuals in CBP custody.
Thurston County Commissioner Tye Menser Is Coming to OI
County Commissioner Tye Menser will speak at our All Member meeting in the evening of Thursday October 24 7:00 PM about key Thurston County matters. Reserve the date. More information to follow.
Encourage the House of Representatives To Do A Thorough Impeachment Investigation Rather Than An Expeditious One
Also talk to friends or family about supporting the impeachment investigation
ACTION: Call or email Representative Heck: Phone: 360-459-8514
Script: My name is _____ and as a member of OI, I want to thank Congressman Heck for recognizing in July the need for Trump’s impeachment. I also want to emphasize, however, the need to have a rigorous and methodical investigation. Nancy Pelosi said that the House would “move with purpose, and expeditiously, but not hastily.” But it is essential that this investigation is thorough and the evidence is strong for the public to feel satisfied with the outcome
Prepare for National Primaries
From Indivisible National - Primary 2020: The Issues We’re FollowingWe believe the best way to pick a candidate who can win is to figure out which candidates are speaking directly to our values, and putting out bold policy platforms on the issues we care about. This isn’t just a values-driven strategy—it’s also strategic.
The Democratic nominee will need to motivate a multiracial coalition of voters across huge swaths of American geography. Candidates who are able to articulate a real vision and plan on the issues we care about will be best positioned to motivate that coalition and win in November.
In evaluating Democratic performance in the debates, we’ll be looking at how candidates respond to questions on the core issues we think will drive the 2020 campaign:
ACTION: Visit Indivisible’s “The Issues We’re Following” webpage to read more about these issues.
October 11, Friday 6-8:00 pm
Olympia Indivisible Members TGIF Gathering!
RJ’s Gourmet Grill 318 4th Ave E Olympia
Feel the love!
October 24, Thursday 7:00 pm
All Member OI Meeting with County Commissioner Tye Menser
Thurston County Court house