Quote of the Week:
“I have one life and one chance to make it count for something… My faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference.” –Jimmy Carter
Action: Take the following actions and then click the green 'I took this action' button. You will see the button if you are logged into TAN.
The position on the following actions are ‘PRO’.
Support SB 5241 'Keep Our Care Act' and sign in PRO requiring oversight over hospital mergers - now in Ways and Means
DEADLINE: Feb 21 8:00am
SB 5241 addresses hospital mergers and consolidation of health care services that has led to half of the state’s hospital beds to be religiously affiliated. Catholic health institutions prohibit certain kinds of care, such as medical aid in dying, abortion care, and more.
Support HB 1151 (requiring health plan to cover fertility services) by Signing in "Pro" to the House Appropriations's Public Hearing
DEADLINE: Feb 20 12:30pm
HB 1151 passed out of the House Health & Wellness Committee, and is now scheduled for a public hearing in the House Appropriations committee. Please let that Committee know that you strongly support this bill.
Note: This action was sent out in a special alert Sunday morning. Please take action, if you have not yet done so.
Support deep decarbonization of our built environment by Signing in "Pro" to the House Capital Budget's Public Hearing
DEADLINE: Feb 20 7:00am
Climate champion Beth Doglio has just dropped a visionary bill that could supercharge efforts to meet the state's decarbonization goals in the built environment. This bill goes to hearing on Feb. 20--sign in "PRO" to speed HB 1777 on its way!
Support SB 5322 (Buy Clean, Buy Fair) by Signing in "Pro"
DEADLINE: Feb 22 12:30pm
Build with low-carbon materials and create good family-wage jobs.
Fund Affordable Housing - Sign in Pro to HB 1628 (Real estate excise tax)
DEADLINE: Feb 21 7:00am
This bill would expand the Real Estate Excise Tax (REET) which is collected when real estate is sold, and the revenues would be dedicated for affordable housing.
Law & Justice
Support HB 1513 (limit traffic stops) by Signing in "Pro"
DEADLINE: Feb 21 12:30pm
HB 1513 aims to reduce stops for low-level traffic violations that do not affect public safety. Please support this bill by signing in Pro to its hearing before the Transportation committee.
Reminder: Thurston County Conservation District Board of Supervisors Election
Request your Thurston Conservation District ballot and vote for the Supervisor seat that is up for election.
Action: Here are the details to get your ballot TCD Board of Supervisors Election
In Seattle, Support an Ordinance Banning Discrimination Based on Caste
In 18 minutes you'll learn about caste discrimination here in the US. And we have a 1-minute action you can take to support adding caste as a protected class in the civil rights dialog for those who live in Seattle.
Action: View Indivisible Podcast: Learn more about discrimination based on caste
Demand the Wealthy Pay Their Share of Taxes
On February 13, 2023, Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren introduced S.393 - A bill to enhance Social Security benefits and ensure the long-term solvency of the Social Security program. This bill will increase SSI benefit by $200 per month and eliminate the ceiling on payroll taxes.
Currently only the first $160,000 of one’s payroll is taxed for Social Security which means Wall Street CEOs or football players making $30 million a year do not pay SSI tax on the remaining $29,840,000 of their income.
This bill would eliminate the cap prolonging the program’s solvency for years to come, while not raising taxes on the 93% of Americans who earn less than $250,000 per year.
Reps. Jan Schakowsky and Val Hoyle in the House, on February 14, 2023 introduced H.R. 1046 as a companion bill.
Action: Contact your representatives.
Script for Senators: My name is _______ and I’m a member of Olympia Indivisible. I’m calling to urge Senator [Murray] [Cantwell] to cosponsor S.393. This bill will ensure that the Social Security Insurance program is solvent and that our senior citizens have a reliable income in their waning days. It is time for the wealthy to pay their share.
Script for Representative: My name is _______ and I’m a member of Olympia Indivisible. I’m calling to urge Rep. Strickland to cosponsor H.R. 1046. This bill will ensure that the Social Security Insurance program is solvent and that our senior citizens have a reliable income in their waning days. It is time for the wealthy to pay their share.
Tell The EPA To Clean Up Our Air
For more than 50 years, the Clean Air Act has worked to significantly cut dangerous air pollution. But this progress has not occurred in a vacuum and has only been possible when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) follows the law and assesses the latest science to set limits on emissions and standards for air quality that state, regional, and local governments must adhere to.
Action: Tell the EPA to strengthen our air quality protections.
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