Quote of the Week:
“History permits us to be responsible: not for everything, but for something.”
– Timothy Snyder
Take Two Actions Now:
Either the Presidential Records Act Means Something, Or It Doesn’t
It is tempting to shrug off the former President’s mishandling and destruction of classified documents, but this is a moment that must be answered. Congress passed the Presidential Records Act for a reason. The documents and records of the President belong to the American people and must be protected.
Although it will be difficult to prove criminal intent, the former President has once again betrayed his oath “to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution” and to “faithfully execute his office”. We can wait in silence, hoping the Justice Department will hold Trump accountable, or we can speak out now.
When we ignore public betrayals, we normalize corruption. Act now to call our Representatives. Push back and say no.
Action 1: Contact your representatives.
Stand Up for All Books All the Time
Challenges to books about sexual and racial identity are nothing new in American schools, but the tactics and politicization are. Conservative groups in particular, fueled by social media, are now pushing the challenges into statehouses, law enforcement and political races.
These attempts to censor what is available to our students and the public are all part of a larger push to shut down conversations of systemic racism, to erase members of the LGBTQ+ community, and to privatize our public schools. That’s a lot to push back on and there are lots of organizations working on different parts of this.
What can you do to push back against efforts to ban books?
Action 2A: Get savvy! Read up on national efforts to ban books, national efforts to push back against book banning, and what 2021 Thurston County school board candidates had to say about critical race theory
Action 2B: Speak out locally. Contact your local School Board president with a supportive message such as the one below. Please review the email carefully, modify it if you wish to make it personal and authentic, and sign your name before sending it.
Olympia School Board President Maria Flores: firstname.lastname@example.org
North Thurston School Board President Dave Newkirk: email@example.com
Script: I support _____________ School District offering a wide variety of books and topics to our students. Parents or guardians have the right and responsibility to make decisions about what materials are suitable for their own family. No one has the right to make rules restricting what other people use, or to make decisions for other families.
Young people need access to writing on a variety of topics and life challenges. When a person reads about someone going through something similar to a challenge they may face, they feel less alone, more understood.
Having the opportunity to discuss difficult topics in a classroom setting can be beneficial to understanding the complexities of life. Teachers are highly skilled at guiding students to explore and discuss writings. Let’s respect our teachers’ professionalism.
Resident, [YOUR CITY]
Make A Difference This Valentine’s Day
It's restorative to engage, to speak up, and act on things that matter, and it is uplifting to do so with others. To make this easy and fun, Olympia Indivisible’s Membership team is launching a weekly Action Cafe, starting tomorrow Monday, February 14 on Zoom from noon to 1 pm.
Action Cafe is a place to meet up virtually with fellow OI members, reconnect with old friends, make new ones, and Make a Difference by taking some of the actions we send out in our weekly Call to Action email. Let's face it -- It's more fun to be a Civic Superhero when you do it with your friends!
Action: Register Here for Action Cafe. We'll send you a Zoom link for our Monday, February 14 noontime gathering. And later today, we'll send you a sneak-peek agenda of what we'll do together.
Legislative Action of the Week:
Washington Indivisible Legislative Action
After taking the following actions, click the green 'I took this action' button.
Sign in "Pro" to Support SB 5042 (GMA actions effective date) One of our top priority environment bills! SB 5042 will close the GMA’s ‘sprawl loophole’ and protect farmland, forests, and critical habitats from unnecessary and harmful development.
Deadline: Feb 17 12:30pm
Sign in "Pro" to Support SB 5312 (Transit-oriented development) Cities need the funding to pay for costs related to planning under the Growth Management Act (GMA).
Deadline: Feb 18 9:00am
Support HB 1616 by Signing in "Pro" to Expand Charity Care to Low Income Patients
Expanding Charity Health Care Eligibility. is now in the Senate. WA Charity Care laws need to be strengthened to protect our low income neighbors.
Deadline: Feb 18 7:00am
Take Action Training
If you are not a member of Take Action Network (TAN), sign up for a training session or request a meeting with one of the TAN trainers for a one-on-one session. It takes 15 minutes or less for the basic sign up.
If you are already a TAN member, watch this video to learn how to filter TAN so you only get the actions of interest to you. Introduction to TAN Activists.
Vote In the Thurston Conservation District’s Board of Supervisors 2022 Election!
The Thurston Conservation District (TCD) manages and protects natural resources. They engage the community in voluntary actions that keep our air, water, soil, habitats, and farmland healthy for all.
Examples of conservation district services include:
Board of Supervisors
The five-member Board of Supervisors for the TCD are public officials and are responsible for setting and maintaining overall district policies regarding the management and conservation of natural resources within the District. The Board consists of five people who serve for three-year terms.
This year there is one open position. TJ Johnson is running unopposed for the position he currently holds. So, voting in this election is a matter of support for the TCD and for TJ who we believe has been doing an excellent job.
Unlike usual elections where you receive a ballot from the auditor's office, for the TCD you must request a ballot and then return it by mail or to the TCD offices.
Action: Option A: Request a Ballot be mailed to you before March 9th
Option B: Take this action with one click in Take Action Network (TAN) Email Request for a Thurston County Conservation District Ballot