Quote of the Week:
“Ultimately, it's an educated public capable of informed civil discourse that sustains effective, fair government. Accountability happens when citizens demand it. Sometimes, they need to do it loudly and persistently.”
Today is the last day that OI members can weigh in on 2022 midterm endorsements. The deadline is midnight!
Take Three Actions Now:
Advocating for Gun Safety Reform
Hey Oly Indivisiblers, Lisa Ornstein here just sending out a HUGE shout of thanks to the many teams and OI members who stepped forward to enable OI to pull off yesterday’s March for our Lives event at the State Capitol. We guesstimate that upwards of 800 participants of all ages from many parts of Washington joined us for a sign-wave and action-taking event.
Thanks also to our awesome Olympia High School students who helped us table, led the chants, and tag-teamed the emceeing for this event. Thanks to Grey Indivisible for doing voter registration. We raised over $600 and gained 47 new members.
Here are the actions we took at the March:
We are advocating for Gun Safety Reform with our Federal and State Representatives. Use your voice to tell our Senators we support strong federal gun safety reform…and we vote.
Action 1A: At the Federal level contact Senator Patty Murray : Tele: (202)224-2621, Contact Form:
Script: Hello, my name is __________ and I am a constituent from [city, zip code]. I want to thank you for your leadership and advocacy for passage of lifesaving federal gun safety legislation including universal background checks and an assault weapons ban. The tentative bipartisan Senate agreement announced today is a step in the right direction of a miles long journey ahead of us for truly meaningful gun safety legislation. Until assault weapons are banned, innocent Americans will continue to be slaughtered. So I want you to keep pushing your gun reform agenda. I will be using my vote as a means of voicing my support for lawmakers who lead the way on ending our nation’s epidemic of gun violence.
Action 1B: At the Federal level contact Senator Maria Cantwell: Tele: (202)224-3441, Contact Form
Script: Hello, my name is __________ and I am a constituent from [city, zip code]. I appreciate that you support universal background checks and red flag laws, but shame on you for not championing a ban on assault weapons. The tentative bipartisan Senate agreement announced today is a step in the right direction of a miles long journey ahead of us for truly meaningful gun safety legislation. Until assault weapons are banned, innocent Americans will continue to be slaughtered. I will be using my vote as a means of voicing my support for lawmakers who lead the way on ending our nation’s epidemic of gun violence.
Action 1C: At the State Level, reach out to your representatives and tell them you want to make our good gun safety better.
Option A: Take this action with one click in Take Action Network (TAN) Advocating for Gun Safety Reform - WA Legislature.
Option B: Contact your State Legislators.
Script: Hello, my name is _____________ I’m a constituent from [ZIP] urging [Representative or Senator] [NAME] to work to strengthen gun violence prevention in Washington. Since the Uvalde Texas massacre, mass shootings around the country have been relentless, coming at a pace of more than two a day. I am proud of the work our Legislature has already accomplished to reduce gun violence. Living in a state that requires universal background checks during gun sales, bans high-capacity magazines and prohibits people younger than 21 from purchasing semi-automatic weapons makes me and my community safer.
However, our current laws fail to address the proliferation of semiautomatic weapons sales and age limits for purchase of weapons. I therefore ask [NAME] to sponsor or co-sponsor legislation in the upcoming session that calls for a ban on the sale of assault weapons and raises the age limit to 21 for purchase of all firearms. I also ask you to work for legislation to require safety training and licensing as a condition for all gun purchases.
Protect Democracy from the Insurrectionists: Let Everyone Know About the Danger We Face
On June 9th,, the Jan. 6 Committee in Congress began public hearings laying out just how close our democracy came to collapse on January 6, 2021, and how much danger we are still in from those who believe the Big Lie that the election was stolen. We learned that Trump said Pence 'deserved' to be hanged, and that Republican Leader and current Trump defender Kevin McCarthy feared for his life and begged Trump to call off the attack.
Spread the word about the 1/6 hearings and Republicans' treasonous actions:
One problem with holding 'blockbuster' hearings in today's media environment is that even in primetime, it is mostly partisan Democrats and partisan Republicans who have any interest in watching. But we have our megaphones, too.
Action 2: Your action is to SHARE an article and/or video of quality reporting about the first night of the hearings on your social media page, and describe what is at stake in your own words. Share how you will be voting and taking action this fall.
Friends of the Earth Sign On’s
Action 3: Please take a few minutes to sign on to these 3 letters from Friends of the Earth
Fight For Medical Consumers
The Thurston County Board of Health is expanding, and are looking for 3 volunteers:
Action: Read the qualifications on the Thurston County News Release webpage to learn more and then submit a letter of interest and fill out the application. Applications due June 24! If we don’t volunteer, the other side will.
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