Quote of the Week:
“Three former high-ranking Fox executives are blasting Rupert Murdoch for Fox News' role spreading disinformation in the public discourse. In a joint statement published Wednesday, the executives — Preston Padden, Ken Solomon, and Bill Reyner — expressed profound regret for their roles helping Murdoch build Fox in its early days.” -- Oliver Darcy, CNN Reliable Sources
Final Week for Campaigns:
Support Our Endorsed Candidates in This Final Week and Beyond
Those of you in the following districts, will see one of our endorsed candidates on your ballot. If he or she has enough votes, they will make it through to the general election as one of the two contestants at which time we can all vote for them.
If you are in these districts, please vote.
If not, you can still help the candidate get through the primary election by participating in one of the following:
Emily Clouse for Thurston County Commissioner
Sarah Tonge for Port of Olympia Commissioner
Wayne Fournier for Thurston County Board of Commissioners
Maggie Sanders for Port of Olympia Commissioner
Jasmine Vasavada for Port of Olympia Commissioner
Who Shall I Vote for on the School Boards?
School boards have never been more important!
Action: Support good candidates. Use this document compiled by an Olympia Indivisible volunteer working with Washington STOP Moms for Liberty to help protect inclusive public education by researching school board candidates statewide.
Say NO to Unnecessary Rating Policies at our Libraries
Conservatives Proposing Negative Library Policies
Lewis County Commissioners, led by Conservative, outspokenly anti-LGBTQ member Sean Swope, want to establish "ratings" for kids’ library books. They have formally requested the two Timberland Regional Library (TRL) board members who represent Lewis County to develop a policy for brochures and other printed materials available at libraries. They also are requesting that the libraries develop a rating system to ensure children under 18 are only able to access what they deem is “age-appropriate” content. These kinds of rating systems are increasingly being wielded by conservative interest groups across the nation to restrict any literature they find offensive, including books focused on race, racism, and/or characters of color or LGBTQ+ community.
Who Are the Library Board of Trustees?
The TRL Board of Trustees is made up of representatives from five counties: Pacific, Mason, Lewis, Grays Harbor, and Thurston. There is a Trustee from each county and two additional Trustees filling at-large positions, one from Lewis County and one from Thurston County. The County Commissioners get to vote on accepting a nominated trustee.
Adding to concern about conservative control of our County library system is the nomination of Brian Mittge for TRL Board of Trustee for Lewis County. Mittge recently penned an anti-LGBTQ+ screed supporting the R101 initiative in his article in The Chronicle. The R101 initiative seeks to annul SB 5599, a bill passed by the Washington State Legislature and signed into law in 2023 in order to remove barriers to safe shelter for youths that seek gender-affirming or reproductive health care.
Actions: Push back against regressive policies and anti-LGBTQ+ representation on the TRL Board of Trustees by emailing the TRL Board of Trustees and the Thurston County Commissioners. Attend the Board meeting on July 26 at 5:30. And let Thurston County Commissioners know we do not want Brian Mittge as a TRL Board Trustee.
Email Deadline: Tuesday July 25, 2023
Subject: Say NO to Unnecessary Rating Policies at TRL
Script: I am strongly opposed to a library rating system which can be just a coded way to restrict material that some deem offensive, including LGBTQ+ stories.
New policies delineating age-appropriate books and other printed materials, including a rating system, as suggested by Lewis County are not necessary. TRL collection guidelines that are fair and appropriate are already in place.
[NAME], [CITY], [ZIP]
Add any of these talking points to your email:
Support the Medicare for All Act - Again
Ask your MoC to cosponsor H.R.3421/S.1655 Medicare for All Act - again!
In May,2023 Indivisible members asked our members of congress to co-sponsor the Medicare for All Act. We need to ask a second time!
Rep. Pramila Jayapal is the sponsor and Rep. Adam Smith is a co-sponsor. We need all the WA representatives and our Senators to push for Medicare for All.
Option A: Take this action with one click in Take Action Network (TAN) Support Medicare for All Act (H.R.3421) and (S.1655)
Option B: Contact WA MOCs
Subject: Medicare for All
Script: Please co-sponsor the Medicare for All Act H.R. 3421/S.1655. Indivisible members asked you to co-sponsor this bill in May, 2023. We are now asking you again to be a co-sponsor and to speak out and push for Medicare for All! Healthcare is a high priority and we want to see action now.
[NAME] from [CITY], [ZIP]
Have You Scheduled This Event?
Save the Date for the Olympia Indivisible Picnic
Sunday, September 10, 2023, at Squaxin Park’s Rose Garden,
from 12:00 to 2:00pm
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Officials from D.C. and multiple countries throughout the Asia Pacific region will be in Seattle later this month for closed-door, invite-only talks on trade and the global economy. In response, the Washington Fair Trade Coalition is joining with labor, environmental, consumer privacy, and international solidarity partners in hosting a series of events below highlighting the voices of those marginalized by free trade.
Trade Justice Workshop
Saturday, July 29th at 1 pm | University of Washington
Trade Justice Rally and March
Sunday, July 30th at 2 pm | Cal Anderson Park
Digital Trade Town Hall with Representative Jayapal and Cherika Carter
Monday, August 7th at 4 pm | University of Washington (confirmation pending)