Weekly Call To Action - March 26, 2023
Quote of the Week:
“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.” —Lyndon B. Johnson
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.
These lobby actions need your help.
Ask for YES Executive Session vote to protect orcas (SB 5371) on Mar. 29
DEADLINE: Mar 29 11:00pm
Orca protection (SB 5371) has finally been scheduled for an executive session vote. Now let's advocate for it to be passed out with a YES vote!
Let's get backyard cottages (EHB 1337) out of the policy committee!
DEADLINE: Mar 28 9:00am
This bill would make it easier to add additional housing units like basement apartments and backyard cottages. Another one to advocate for committee passage with a YES vote, TAN has helpful language.
Support Gun Safety Bills HB 1240 and HB 1143 in Senate Law & Justice Exec. Hearing
DEADLINE: Mar 28 10:30am
HB 1240 prohibits the manufacture, importation, distribution, selling, and offering for sale of assault weapons. These weapons of war are exceptionally deadly firearms and are commonplace in mass shootings.
HB 1143 requires firearms safety training and a 10-day waiting period. It prohibits firearms transfers prior to completing a background check, and it updates more consistent firearm
Both of these need to be passed out of Committee after their hearing, you can use the TAN language.
The position on the following actions is ‘PRO’.
Law & Justice
Support HB 1324 (Eliminating consideration of juvenile offenses in adult sentencing.) by Signing in "Pro"
DEADLINE: Mar 27 9:30am
The practice of automatically giving people longer sentences because of crimes they committed as children has meant that Black and Indigenous people often receive longer sentences due to prior juvenile convictions. HB 1324 eliminates this practice.
Support HB 1479 Ending isolation, mechanical/chemical restraint of students by Signing in “Pro”
DEADLINE: Mar 29 11pm
HB 1479 seeks to eliminate the practice of isolation of students in schools. It also seeks to make the use of restraining students safer by eliminating both mechanical and chemical restraints in Washington schools.
Support HB 1047 (Cosmetic product chemicals) by Signing in "Pro"
DEADLINE: Mar 28 3:00pm
Remove chemicals linked to cancer and developmental and reproductive harm from cosmetics and personal care products. This is the last public hearing before the all floor Senate vote.
Saving the Planet Starts Locally
Our local environment is impacted by the 10-year “Update of Comprehensive Plans” being conducted by Thurston County as well as local cities. The plan topics include how land is used for transportation, affordable housing, public facilities, and also addresses climate change.
This is an opportunity to learn more about the update to the Comprehensive Plans, and hear from and ask questions of local officials. Carolina Mejia (County), Clark Gillman (Olympia), Eileen Swarthout (Tumwater), and Carolyn Cox (Lacey).
What: County and City Official’s Visions for Improved Local Planning Forum
When: Wednesday, March 29 2023 - 6:30 pm
Where: Jacob Smith House, Lacey and virtually via Zoom
Sponsors: The Local Good Governance Coalition (LGGC) in coordination with the Thurston Climate Action Team.
Action 1: Register here to attend in person: County and City Official’s Visions for Improved Local Planning Forum
Action 2: Register here to attend by Zoom.
Have You Scheduled These Events?
Save the Date for OI’s All-member April Meeting
On Saturday, April 22nd, find out how you can help strengthen democracy -- here in Thurston County and across our state and nation -- to make a difference in 2023 and 2024. Come to Building our Bench Strength for a Sustainable Democracy (in person or by Zoom) and discover Olympia Indivisible's recipe for activism that is practical, impactful, and filled with friendship, laughter, and inspiration. This meeting is open to the public, so bring a friend! Please register!
What: OI All-member Building our Bench Strength for a Sustainable Democracy
When: Saturday, April 22, 2023, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Either by Zoom or in person in Multipurpose Room A of the Olympia Community Center, 222 Columbia St NW Olympia WA 98501
Registration: April 22, 2023 AM Sign-Up
Action Cafe 2023,
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