No Issue Is More Important to Democracy Than Voting Rights
Make no mistake. What happened in the Senate Chambers this week was as harmful as the January 6th insurrection.
Wednesday night, Senate Republicans used the filibuster to kill the Freedom To Vote Act. Yet the nation’s attention was elsewhere. They will do the same next week with the John Lewis Voting Act. Republicans have made it crystal clear they will NEVER allow voting rights protections to pass and that they see voting access as a threat to their power.
Script:My name is __________ and I am constituent from [your zip code]. This week Senate Republicans used the filibuster rules to block the Freedom to Vote Act. They will do the same to the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. The only way to restore voting rights is fair elections.
While I appreciate that you support voting rights, your sentiments are meaningless unless you respond this week with an unequivocal, public statement to end the filibuster or at the very least carve out an exception for voting rights legislation. We are in an existential crisis for democracy, and your careful, equivocal statements are unacceptable.
The Time For Biden To Act On Climate Is Now
As negotiations around the infrastructure bill drag on, the President has allowed dangerous fossil fuel projects to advance and has passed the buck to Congress, allowing his Build Back Better agenda to be delayed and weakened by industry-friendly politicians, including those in his own party, like Senators Manchin and Sinema.
We need to hold him accountable to the promises he has made. In particular, Senator Manchin is now opposing the CEPP (Clean Electricity Performance Program), an essential element in the fight to decrease carbon emissions by encouraging and advancing the transition from fossil fuels by our utilities. He says it’s too expensive, yet has no dispute with raising fossil fuel subsidies from $15 billion to $25 billion in the infrastructure bill. Last week hundreds mobilized in front of the White House to demand Biden use his executive power to declare a climate emergency. Let us join the coalition of environmental and indigenous organizations, People vs. Fossil Fuels, to send our message to Build Back Fossil Free before the COP26 UN climate summit begins in Glasgow next month!
Script: “My name is _____ and I am a member of Olympia Indivisible. On Indigenous People’s Day, hundreds mobilized in front of the White House to demand President Biden use his executive power to declare a climate emergency. I strongly urge President Biden to listen to the people who worked tirelessly to send him to Washington and take urgent climate action by phasing out fossil fuels, stopping new fossil fuel projects, declaring a national climate emergency, and acting to deploy 100% clean, safe, renewable energy.”
Eyman is at it again, hoping to gather enough signatures for a 2022 ballot initiative to keep the state’s tax code rigged in favor of the wealthy and powerful. I-1408 has multiple aims: to repeal Washington State’s recently adopted capital gains tax on the wealthy, to repeal Seattle’s Jumpstart tax on large employers, and to add language to state denouncing the idea of an income tax (Washington State does not currently levy an income tax, so prohibiting one would not have any practical effect.)
Action 3: If you stand with Washington’s kids, working parents, teachers, and anyone struggling in this economy; if you want to fix the housing crisis & address climate change, take a moment and sign on to the petition For Our Kids: Parents and Teachers Standing Up To Tim Eyman. This petition will be shared with the Governor and State Legislators. Please Note: By adding your name, you are signing up for occasional updates from Invest In WA Now.
Support Our Candidates
You are invited to a fun Halloween sign waving in Tumwater for Port Candidate Joel Hansen and Tumwater City Council candidate Peter Agabi (these two candidates often doorbell together.)
Sunday, Oct. 31, 12 Noon - 1:30 p.m. - On the corners of Littlerock and Trosper Roads. Easy parking behind the Tumwater Walgreens.
Dress up in a Halloween costume and bring a Joel Hansen yard sign if you have one. If not, Site Coordinator, Carla Wulfsberg, will bring signs. Please sign up below.
Signing up for this sign waving event means you’ll get a reminder and a notice if, for some reason, the date has been cancelled. It's super easy to sign up - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password.
Click this linkto see the SignUp sheet. Scroll down - you’ll see Carla’s initials, CW, for Oct. 31. Ask your friends to sign up too.
Do You Have Time for a Few More Postcards?
Coordinated Campaign Headquarters (HQ) at 10144th Avenue East Open 10:00 - 4:00 PM
From an OI Member: I picked up some postcards at the Coordinated Campaign Headquarters today. They need more writers to send postcards out for our endorsed Lacey Council candidates Carolyn Cox and Robin Vasquez.
Action: The postcards will be available at headquarters Monday at 2:00 pm and picked up Monday afternoon or Tuesday. Folks can just stop in between 10:00 - 4:00 pm.
The postcards must be mailed by Wednesday.
Have You Scheduled These Events?
Four Part Series on Addressing Burnout
Washington Indivisible has teamed with trainer Susan Brooks Young (Indivisible Bremerton, WA) to bring you a 4-PART WORKSHOP SERIES on addressing burnout. These sessions will be led by trainer Susan Young, and facilitated by the WIN Town Hall team, Stephan Cox and Kat Pipkin.
This series will take us through the research and exercises around six principles to renew and re-energize your work and life.
Each session will cover different principles, so you'll want to attend all sessions for maximum benefit! You DO NOT need to attend all four sessions – please sign up even if you can only attend some of the sessions. You will have access to all digital resources, including a digital course materials binder. In the final session, you will learn how to teach others — your Indivisible group, family, or other circles.
All Indivisibles and allies are welcome! You do not need to be from Washington State.
Communication Strategies for Contentious Conversations
Thursday, Nov. 4, 6-8pm, on Zoom:
League of Women Voters and Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County invite you to Let’s Talk: Communication Strategies for Contentious Conversations with: Policy-makers, Friends, Family, Co-workers and Neighbors