Quote of the Week:
“As formidable as any aspiring demagogue, violent mob or extremist cluster may be, our ultimate opponent is the moment we now face.
It is this very moment asking if we will refuse to be overcome by indifference, refuse to become the worst within us, and refuse to ignore our everyday role in creating a future worth fighting for today.”
– Marcus Harrison Green writing in the Seattle Times
Take One Action Now:
A Dagger at the Throat of Democracy
This week on the anniversary of the violent attack at our Capitol, President Biden spoke forcefully and bluntly about the very real threats facing our democracy. No other issue is more crucial to our democracy than voting rights, yet they are actively being threatened right now.
There are 3 looming threats before our next elections:
Mitch McConnell is pressuring senators to only reform the Electoral College, which will do nothing to protect us from election subversion or voter suppression. This is an insincere attempt to deflect attention and momentum from the Democratic push for a vote on the Freedom to Vote Act in a couple of weeks, and is not a serious alternative.
Action: Call the White House and our senators and tell them that their highest priority to start 2022 must be voting rights legislation.
Option A: Contact your representatives by telephone or email.
Contact WA Senators
Script: My name is _________, and my zip code is _______. A full year has been spent vainly attempting to craft bipartisan voting rights legislation. This wasted year concerns me greatly, as passing voting rights legislation will be impossible if the Republicans gain control of either chamber.
There are 3 looming threats that are imperative to address immediately: election subversion, voter suppression, and threats to our electoral college system. It is crucial that we protect our election process, restore voting rights, and fix the electoral college.
Congress must pass both the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act to protect our elections and our democracy.
Option B: Take this action with one click in Take Action Network (TAN) Address 3 Looming Threats to Democracy!
Legislative Action of the Week:
Washington Indivisible Legislative Action
Last session 22 Washington Indivisible Legislative Action (WILA) bill trackers used TAN to track 178 bills and create 438 Calls to Action (CTAs) on 110 of those bills. An incredible 10,422 actions were reported.
Please join us in support of important legislative bills in the 60 day session.
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.
Sign in 'PRO' for HB 1619 'Appliance efficiency'
We need to make the best use of the electricity we have and thereby achieve 100% clean electricity at the lowest cost possible.
Deadline: Jan 11 8:00am
Sign in "Pro" to support HB 1618 'Election offices/weapons'
Keep weapons out of election offices. Deadline: Jan 12 9:00am
Support HB 1616 and Expand Charity Care to Prevent Medical Bankruptcy
Too many low-income families are one hospital bill away from financial ruin. Deadline: Jan 13 9:00am
Have You Scheduled This Event?
Take Action Network Training Reminder
The 2022 Legislative Session is starting January 10. We are doing training for Take Action Network (TAN). 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 one of 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 01/14/2022 at 03:00 PM.
Bake Homemade Bread for the Thurston County Food Bank with Community Loaves
About Community Loaves
Bakers throughout Thurston County are donating bread to the Thurston County Food Bank twice a month. They are part of a well-organized bread baking organization, Community Loaves, founded in April 2020 by a passionate bread baker, Katherine Kehrli of Seattle. The motto of Community Loaves is, “We’re breader together.”
You are invited to bake homemade honey oat sandwich loaves twice a month in your own kitchen that will be donated to Thurston County Food Bank.
It’s easy to get started. Here’s how.
Thurston County Food Bank Needs Volunteers
The Thurston County Food Bank needs volunteers at their two warehouses to help pack food into boxes and bags. According to Judy Jones, TC Food Bank Development Director, all workers and volunteers are masked, gloved, and socially distanced. There have been no reported COVID cases at the TC Food Bank.
Volunteers are scheduled Monday through Friday for daytime shifts and at other times to support special programs and events. Currently, regular volunteer shifts for individuals are:
Olympia’s Food Pantry, Downtown
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays with two volunteer shifts each day, 7:45 AM–Noon and 11:45 AM–4:00 PM
Lacey‘s Food Pantry
Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00 AM–Noon and Noon – 1:30 PM
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays with two volunteer shifts each day, 9:00 AM–Noon and 1:00–4:00 PM.
Note: Mondays and Fridays are for groups by appointment and special requests only.
Volunteer at the Food Bank