Quote of the Week:
“Remember this in the darkest moments, when the work doesn't seem worth it, and change seems just out of reach: out of our willingness to push through comes a tremendous power…use it.” – Stacey Abrams
Take Two Actions Now:
It’s Time to Take Inspiration from Stacey Abrams
After losing a close race for Governor of Georgia, Stacey Abrams picked herself up and moved ahead with resolve. She turned her efforts to grassroots organizing of voters and changed the course of the 2020 Presidential race with her Fair Fight campaign.
The reality of this moment is that neither President Biden nor our own Senators can change the obstruction power held by the Republicans and Senators Manchin and Sinema.
So let’s take a page from Stacey’s playbook. Let us show our courage, build our fellowship and resilience, and strengthen our democracy from the ground up. Olympia Indivisible’s Steering Committee has launched strategic planning for 2022. We’ll get that work done as swiftly as possible and then we will be asking for you to lean in with all your might. Meanwhile, here is meaningful work you can do right now.
Action 1: Civic engagement begins at home!
Protect Washington Farmlands and Forests from Urban Sprawl
When it comes to planning in the State of Washington, the Growth Management Act (GMA) determines where we can and cannot build housing, cities, transportation, and everything else.
What the GMA gives us is the boundary of land in which to grow. It protects farmland and forests from being mowed down to build indefinite sprawl. The GMA is not a limit on how many people can live in our cities or our state. It’s a limit on where we can put new homes and businesses.
The GMA presently contains loopholes that allow counties to subvert the Growth Management Hearing Board appeals process to continue building sprawled-out suburbs at the sacrifice of forests, farmland, and critical habitat.
SB 5042, which closes those loopholes and restores the integrity of GMHB decisions, will be up for a floor vote in the Washington Senate this coming week.
Action 2: Ask your State Senator to vote YES on SB5042, by filling out this form.
Legislative Action of the Week:
Washington Indivisible Legislative Actions
Please join us in support of important legislative bills in the 60 day session.
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.
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.
Take the following actions and then click the green 'I took this action' button.
Support HB 1620 to provide funds for heating and cooling centers during extreme weather events by Signing in "Pro". During the recent record heatwave over 100 people in Washington lost their lives as a result of inability to access cooling centers or resources and hundreds more visited emergency rooms with heat-related illnesses.
Deadline: Jan 24 2:30pm
Support HB 1888 (Working fam. credit/rates) by Signing in "Pro" . Makes an important implementation fix to the Working Families Tax Credit (WFTC) and provides funding to support successful outreach and language access to help families and will have a direct impact on reducing hunger.
Deadline: Jan 24 9:00am
Support HB 1766 (Gas companies) by Signing in "Pro" to the House Environment & Energy Public Hearing. Support electrification. Encourage utilities to transition their customers away from fossil natural gas.
Deadline: Jan 28 9:00am
Have You Scheduled These Events?
LD22 Virtual Town Hall
Join your 22nd District legislators for a live virtual town hall on Wednesday, January 26 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM/
Sen. Sam Hunt, Rep. Laurie Dolan, and Rep. Jessica Bateman will share their legislative priorities and answer your questions on the issues important to you. They will also discuss what to keep an eye on during the 2022 legislative session, which began on January 10.
Action: You can watch this Town Hall on Facebook or on YouTube
Take Action Network Training
The 2022 Legislative Session started January 10. We are doing training for Take Action Network (TAN) which allows you to be part of the legislative action process. The easiest and quickest way to get involved with TAN and understand some of the benefits of the system is to request a meeting with one of the TAN trainers for a one-on-one session. To get the basics requires 15 minutes or less.
Or join the next group meetings to get signed up for TAN, learn the basics, and get the most important “searches” installed that will connect you with your own Legislative District representatives. Register for a meeting on 01/28/2022 at 02:00 PM.