INDIVISIBLE: MAKING THE MOST OF CONGRESSIONAL RECESS

During the last congressional recess, you stood indivisible all around the country—and the results were incredible. Your town halls and protests were instrumental in defeating Trump’s single most important domestic policy priority: dismantling the Affordable Care Act. Thanks to your efforts, we killed the bill. Now, 24 million people will be able to keep their health insurance. You did that.

Beginning April 8, Members of Congress (MoCs) will once again return to their districts and states for another district work period (“recess”). This is another opportunity for your local groups to give feedback directly to your MoCs on the issues that matter most to you.

We will continue to roll out useful materials in the coming days, but here are the issues that Indivisible will be prioritizing to help you prepare. The issues below are ones that will be coming up for Congress shortly, which is why we think they’re important to focus on—but as always, you should also push your MoCs on the issues that matter most to you.

And remember, it’s important not only to tell your MoC how you want them to vote on an upcoming issue, but also to provide feedback on the positions they’ve taken. We’ve divided the issues accordingly below.

Ongoing Congressional Issues:

  • »  Investigate Russian Interference in 2016 Election

  • »  The Federal Budget

    • »  No Funding for Trump’s Deportation Force

    • »  No Cuts to Essential Programs

  • »  Demand Trump’s Tax Returns

    Direct Feedback on Votes and Positions:

    » How did your MoC plan to vote on TrumpCare?
    » Did your Senators oppose “going nuclear” over Neil Gorsuch?

 

ONGOING CONGRESSIONAL ISSUES

  • »  Independent commission to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election. Each day the American people watch as new bombshells drop related to Russian interference in the 2016 election, and connections between Russia and the Trump administration emerge. Trump officials have lied, been forced to resign, and now are shopping for immunity. Alarmingly, key Republicans leading investigations into Russia have closed ranks to protect Donald Trump, suppressing testimony and public hearings. Enough is enough. The American people deserve better. Congress should appoint a special commission to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election. Members of Congress have introduced bills in both the House and Senate that propose setting up an independent commission, composed of experts outside of Congress, to examine Russian influence in the 2016 election.

    Ask your Representative to co-sponsor the Protecting Our Democracy Act (bill number H.R. 356). This bill would create an independent commission to investigate Russian interference in our elections.

    Ask your Senator to co-sponsor Senator Cardin’s bill S. 27, which would similarly establish an independent commission to investigate Russian interference.

  • »  Budget Fight: No funding for Trump’s deportation force at the expense of essential programs. Congress needs to pass a funding bill by April 28 of this year, or the government will shut down. And Donald Trump is using the budget process to ram through one of his most vicious policies.

    Trump is requesting additional money (a “supplemental request”) in order to begin
    work on his border wall, expand his internal deportation force, and add more detention facilities to hold immigrants. This money will be used to rip apart American families, harm communities, and make us all less safe.

    And how does he plan to pay for this? By cutting funding from essential programs that actually keep us safe and healthy—programs like education, housing, disease prevention, disaster response, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

    Tell your MoCs that you don’t want Congress to spend one penny more to fund Trump’s deportation force, detention facilities or border wall. Tell them that you don’t want funding for essential programs cut.

  • »  Demand Trump’s tax returns. The release of tax returns is an essential tradition in American democracy—it demonstrates that a presidential nominee does not have conflicts of interests that would prevent them from fulfilling their duties as President. Yet even after being elected, Donald Trump continues to refuse to release his tax returns. This would be unacceptable for any President, and it’s particularly shocking given Trump’s ties to Russia. But Congress can and should do something about it.

    Until we see Trump’s tax returns, we cannot be certain that foreign governments don’t have leverage over Trump that can be used to influence American policy. The integrity of American democracy is at stake here, and Congress needs to defend it.

    Demand that your three MoCs co-sponsor the Presidential Tax Transparency Act that would require Donald Trump to make his tax returns public. The bill numbers are S. 26 in the Senate and H.R. 305 in the House.

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GIVE YOUR MOC DIRECT FEEDBACK OVER VOTES AND POSITIONS ALREADY TAKEN

  • »  Obamacare is the law of the land, and we intend to keep it that way. Congratulations! Your actions leading up to the scheduled vote on TrumpCare were extraordinary and you achieved something no one imagined possible: You stopped Donald Trump and Paul Ryan from taking health care away from millions of Americans.

    But the fight’s not finished yet. Republican Members of Congress are already toying with another Affordable Care Act repeal effort. In fact, last week Republican lawmakers told Bloomberg Politics that House leaders are discussing holding a vote on TrumpCare soon.

    The only thing stopping Republicans from trying to gut the ACA again is YOU. Over April recess, you have to keep showing up and you have to keep the the pressure on your MoC. MoCs considering another stab at TrumpCare need to hear from you that this fight is over, and it’s time to move on.

    If your MoC committed to backing Donald Trump’s health care bill at the expense of their own constituents, make sure you let them know you won’t stand for it. Tell them you disagree and demand that they vote against it should Republicans try again.

    If your MoC publicly committed to vote against TrumpCare, make sure to praise them for their decision. Let them know you expect the same if Republicans try to bring it to a vote in the future.

  • »  Your Senator’s vote on Neil Gorsuch and the “nuclear option.” By the April recess,
    we will know if Mitch McConnell and his caucus were really willing to “go nuclear”
    on the Senate rules to ram Gorsuch through with a simple majority. Supreme Court appointments are for life and a change to the Senate rules would be permanent—these decisions will far outlive the Trump administration’s desperate need for validation on its extreme agenda.

    It is all but certain that Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch will fall short of the 60 vote threshold required to move onto his confirmation under the current Senate rules. If 2017 were a year of politics as usual, Republicans may have admitted defeat and worked to put forward a more mainstream nominee who could garner at least some bipartisan support. But Trump’s apologists in the Congress are desperate to avoid another embarrassment after their failure on health care last week, and they just might be willing to blow up a 230-year-old Senate standard to turn Gorsuch into a win.

    If your Senator voted to “go nuclear” on the Senate rules to shove Gorsuch past the standard every Supreme Court judge before him had to pass, let them know that you’ll be holding them accountable.

    If your Senator stood up against the ‘nuclear option’ to preserve a high bar for confirmations to the Supreme Court, let them know you appreciate that they thought beyond the pressures of this political moment to safeguard a process that guarantees a degree of bipartisanship in confirming our top judges.

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April 4 Meeting Notes

Indivisible Huddle Environmental Group


Tuesday our Team attended the larger Huddle Group and gave several reports. Jo Tiffany, Marilyn Friedrich and Lea Falkenhagen gave a presentation on the EPA and consequences with Scott Pruitt in charge under the Trump administration. The combined speaker notes are posted on the Web Site for further consideration. YOUR PLANET NEEDS YOU! Cherri Mann urged everyone to support the Olympic Peninsula, Port Angeles Peoples' Climate March on Saturday, April 29th at 3:00-5:00 PM. The march will go for six blocks and there will be a designated spot to drop people off and pick them up if walking is difficult. There will be Carpooling and Cindy Jayne, Local 20/20, will organize the transportation for those who want to drive/ride with others. Designated public parking with be at the County Courthouse; Peabody St. and 4th Street. Port Townsend Officials Mayor Deborah Stinson and Jefferson County Commissioner, Kate Dean will be speaking at the event along with other event speakers! Please RSVP go to: https://actionnetwork.org/events/peoples-climate-march-port-angeles

Suggested Actions
Follow closely the changes in the EPA and Dept. of Ecology in our state. Write letters to newspapers and continue communication with our state legislators and Congress.

On Earth Day, April 22, a very special, must-see film "Sonic Sea" will be shown at 7:00-8:30 PM in the Carnegie Reading Room at the PT Public Library. Please plan to attend! Learn what is happening under our water in the Salish Sea...


Saturday, April 29th at 3:00 PM in Port Angeles!
Port Angeles Peoples Climate March; 3-5PM PM. There will be carpools and buses available! See Debbi Steele and Cherri Mann. Signup with them!  This march coincides with Trump's 100 days in office! It is an ACTION opportunity to show force!
WEB SITE:  https://actionnetwork.org/events/peoples-climate-march-port-angeles 
 

Next Committee Meeting
Tuesday April 11 5:00-6:30pm
Unity Church 3918 San Juan, across from Blue Heron School
Newcomers Welcome!

Group Leader: cherrimann@aol.com  

Advocates for Better Health
 

As of 4/6/17 Paul Ryan has said the latest effort to revive the Republican Repeal and Replace effort will be worked on during the coming weeks. So, hopefully, they will not try to move something forward in the dead of night again. Easter vacation starts at the end of the day on Friday. Congress returns April 24th and the House will be busy on their spending bill to be passed before the April 28th deadline. We will continue monitoring for any amendments or new bills. Currently it sounds like they will be trying to turn over things like the 10 Essential Benefits requirements, reimbursement of cost-sharing subsidies, and cutting back on Medicaid Expansion to the states. Also allowing states to set up High Risk Pools for people with pre-existing conditions which are always very expensive. HHS is hoping to allow states to have waivers on things like having to work in order to qualify for Medicaid. They will continue to chip away at the ACA in spite of no over all bill. Linda Martin has ordered more of our personalized postcards. Anyone wishing to have some postcards to send out can contact Linda at lindamartin78@msn.com. Public polling is definitely turning in favor for the ACA and for Medicare for All. Keep up the good work!
 

Next Committee Meeting
Tuesday April 11 at 4PM
Meeting Host Contact Info:  Lindamartin78@msn.com


JEFFERSON COUNTY IMMIGRANT RIGHTS ADVOCATES (JCIRA)

1. JCIRA FACEBOOK PAGE - Please check it out, like it, post on it, spread it to your friends. Just log on to FB, type JCIRA and click on "group" on the left side of the page. If not, you'll wind up reading about Jefferson County in almost every state.

2. LEGAL TRAINING -- RISKS TO BYSTANDERS, IMMIGRANTS AND SELF. The presenter, Lindsey Schromen-Wawrin, is a Port Angeles attorney. The training focuses on our roles as helpers, documenters and allies in cases of ICE interception and detention, at homes, in workplaces and out in public. It is not devoted to civil disobedience. Friday, April 7. For more info, contact Rowan.Sharp@gmail.com

3. EDUCATING OURSELVES AND OTHERS Here's an excellent 2 hour video, Immigration 101, featuring Jorge Baron of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Center. Learn about green cards, requirements for citizenship, DACA and much more. Watch it in bits, take a break and return to it later. It's worth it. http://www.seattlechannel.org/publicAffairs/?videoid=x71498

 

Next Committee Meeting
Tuesday April 11 4:30- 6pm
at Rosewind Common House
 corner of Umatilla and Haines
Bring socks, slippers
Newcomers Welcome!

Group Leader: libbypalmer2@gmail.com 


Education Group

Looking for new members.  Contact Nancy Johnson if you're interested in joining this new committee (nlj1048@gmail.com)

Please contact our state legislators and ask them to support funding of House budget proposal, which fully funds education (McCleary) without taking resources from other programs. Also, frequently monitor the Washington State Legislature's website since some some groups are supporting legislation that weakens programs that have been traditionally valued by Washington's citizens.

The Senate's proposed budget does not fully fund programs now funded by local levies and reduces funds for important programs such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and WorkFirst, Working Connections Child Care, Local Public Safety Enhancement, Public Works Assistance Account, and Housing and Essential Needs. It also eliminates Washington's Initiative 1351. Instead of amply funding K-12 public schools, the Senate's plan cuts teacher pay, increases class sizes, imposes merit pay, lowers teacher standards and expands charter-like schools (class size reduction).  (information from Washington State League of Women Voters and Washington Education Association)

More information can be found on the Internet, including the Washington Association of School Administrators and Washington Educational Association's websites.

 

Group Leader: Nancy Johnson
nlj1048@gmail.com


Healthcare Group
 

Linda and I appreciate all of your willingness to be part of the Healthcare Group.  Our next meeting will be Tuesday, April 11th at 4:00 at 41 Vista Blvd.  Please bring information to share and ideas for action.
We are still trying to put our subcommittees—National/Medicare For All; Washington state/Regional; Planned Parenthood/Women’s Healthcare—together.  Some of you have signed up.  We currently have no one to serve on the Washington/Regional subcommittee so that is a real need.
See you on Tuesday.
Shari & Linda

Next Committee Meeting
Tuesday April 11 at 4PM
Meeting Host Contact Info:  Lindamartin78@msn.com


Electoral Process Group

Report on arrangements for phone banking for Jon Ossoff, Georgia 6th Congressional district. 
PHONE BANKING: Decided on Saturday April 1, 11-1PMSee separate announcement.
 
Call Senator Cantwell to oppose Gorsuch nomination to Supreme Court.  She has not announced a firm position.
 
Dorn Campbell to contact Dingrastate Senate campaign in Washington45th Legislative District to ask how we can help.
 
Bruce Cowan gave a report on the State budget proposal introduced in the House, calling for progressive changes to the tax system, and providing for school funding. Call State reps to support.
 
Ian Keith to contact Rob Quist campaign in Montana to ask how we can help.

Join the phone bank: Be a part of helping to elect Jon Ossoff to the Sixth Congressional District of Georgia!  (This position was made vacant by Tom Price moving to Trump's cabinet.)  This district has been Republican since 1979, but Trump only won it by 1.5 percent in November; this would be the first national upset to the Republican Party since Trump'sinauguration.  Be a part of history making!

APRIL 1, Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. join a Virtual Phone Bank.  Make calls to Georgians on behalf of Ossoff from your own home.  Karen Crouse, kscrouse.kc@gmail.com, has organized this. 

Send an email to her by Friday night and she will send the link to you. All the information you need will be on your computer - or whatever device you use to get email.  The script, the coding of call results, how voters are leaning, etc.

 

Group Leader: ikeith@olympus.net

March 28th Meeting Notes

Indivisible Huddle Environmental Group

Kathleen Waldron, an environmentalist and activist from Marrowstone Island, gave an inspirational talk about ways to engage in the political process in order to make a difference on issues facing us on the Olympic Peninsula. She emphasized that it is important to keep following every lead and work with others on the same issue in order to move ideas into action and engage our legislators to listen to our concerns! She is actively working with a group on Marrowstone Island to look at the impact of increased Growler flights over the region which would impact the Island's economy and health! The group is hoping to file a separate EIS with the Navy. She gave an overview of the status of the Navy's intention to increase flights over our region and the environmental impact on land and water! Kathleen urged environmentalists to continue their important work! Fourteen people attended the Tuesday meeting. We agreed to name our subgroup, "Environmental Team". Several suggestions were made on ways we could work in small teams - on National, State and Local issues as the EPA begins to cut programs. Next meeting we will decide how to best use our time as we work on upcoming issues. We had two reports on activism. We have a group e-mail system sent out by Tod Johnston each day with suggested action items that have been vetted. Mark Adams did research on the efficacy of signing on-line petitions. The conclusion was in the end, while sometimes onerous, it is a viable way to make a difference in the political process.

Suggested Actions
Follow closely the changes in the EPA and Dept. of Ecology in our state. Write letters to newspapers and continue communication with our state legislators and Congress.


Saturday, April 29th at 3:00 PM in Port Angeles!
Port Angeles Peoples Climate March; 3-5PM PM. There will be carpools and buses available! See Debbi Steel and Cherri Mann. Signup with them!  This march coincides with Trump's 100 days in office! It is an ACTION opportunity to show force!
WEB SITE:  https://actionnetwork.org/events/peoples-climate-march-port-angeles 
 

Next Committee Meeting
Tuesday April 11 5:30-6:30pm
Unity Church 3918 San Juan, across from Blue Heron School
Newcomers Welcome!

Group Leader: cherrimann@aol.com  


Education Group

Looking for new members:

Education committee will meet Thursday April 6 from 4:30 to 6:00 at Better Living Through Coffee. This is a new group and interested folks are welcome to join us.

Urgent Action:Call Representative Derek Kilmer, (202) 225-5916, to urge that he oppose HB 610. See below for more information. 


Summary of HB 610: To distribute Federal funds for elementary and secondary education in the form of vouchers for eligible students, to repeal the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, and authorize the Department of Education to award block grants to qualified states. The bill establishes an education voucher program, through which each state would distribute block grant funds among local educational agencies based on the number of eligible children within each agency's geographical area. From these amounts, each agency will distribute a portion of funds to parents who elect to enroll their child in a private school or to home-school their child. The bill also repeals a rule that established nutrition standards for the national school lunch and breakfast programs. Watch this issue: Representative Kilmer called on President Trump to increase the purchasing power of federal Pell Grants to make college more affordable. In a letter to the President signed by 43 members, Kilmer pointed out that Pell Grants should be tied to inflation to keep up with the rising costs of secondary education.

Group Leader: Nancy Johnson
nlj1048@gmail.com


Jeffco Citizens for Sound Foreign Policy
 

- We agreed on a name for our group:  Jefferson County Citizens for Sound Foreign Policy

We agreed that in light of recent actions by Devin Nunes, Chair of the House Intelligence Committee, we would demand that he be replaced as Chair. Given that situation with House Intelligence Committee, we would shift our focus to the Senate.

The following actions will be taken by each of us: House of Representatives: - Post cards to Speaker Ryan demanding Devin Nunes' replacement as Chair of the committee. 
-Post cards to Devin Nunes demanding his resignation.
Senate: - Post cards to Senator McConnell demanding a thorough, independent investigation of Russian interference and influence.
- Post cards to Senator Burr, Chair Senate Intelligence Committee, demanding a thorough investigation of same and, if required, a Special Prosecutor.
- Post cards to Senators Warner, Feinstein, McCain & Schumer thanking them for their public support of a thorough investigation. (Post cards carry the return address of Jefferson County Citizens for Sound Foreign Policy) Doug Chartier will research the required actions for Congress to establish a separate investigating committee and the same for a Special Prosecutor.

 

Next Meeting
Tuesday April 11 2017 at 2:00  

Group Leader: mikecornforth@msn.com 


Healthcare Group


About 10 individuals, I'm thinking of them as our "regulars", assembled and discussed the AHCA defeat. We're not naïve enough to think that fight is over, but it gives us some breathing room to work on saving Planned Parenthood and watching WA legislative bills for healthcare content.

We also gave a brief fantasy life -- organizing a West Coast single payer plan that would include HI, CA, OR, WA, and AK.

Our major decision was to have postcards printed with our official name. We hope to have them in time for the nest Huddle.

We urge all groups mention Bernie's "Medicare for All" proposal, or Single Payer, if you prefer,  in their correspondence. Medicare seems to have a more positive sound and could appeal to more Trump supporters.

We would like to be kept informed of the Electoral Groups work on Dem candidates for 2018. Especially those in WA.


* A Call to Action -- Wed., April 5, 2017 sponsored by FWG Wed. April 5, 2017-- 7 pmCotton Bldg.
* Join the People's Defense with NARAL -- "People's Filibuster" April 1, 9:30-12 U.S. Courthouse Seattle, 700 Steward St.
* write postcards at Pippa's -- April 2nd, 3 pm
 

Next Committee Meeting
Tuesday April 11 at 4PM
41 Vista Blvd., PT.  
Meeting Host Contact Info:  Lindamartin78@msn.com


Electoral Process Group


 
Report on arrangements for phone banking for Jon Ossoff, Georgia 6th Congressional district. 
PHONE BANKING: Decided on Saturday April 1, 11-1PMSee separate announcement.
 
Call Senator Cantwell to oppose Gorsuch nomination to Supreme Court.  She has not announced a firm position.
 
Dorn Campbell to contact Dingrastate Senate campaign in Washington45th Legislative District to ask how we can help.
 
Bruce Cowan gave a report on the State budget proposal introduced in the House, calling for progressive changes to the tax system, and providing for school funding. Call State reps to support.
 
Ian Keith to contact Rob Quist campaign in Montana to ask how we can help.

Join the phone bank: Be a part of helping to elect Jon Ossoff to the Sixth Congressional District of Georgia!  (This position was made vacant by Tom Price moving to Trump's cabinet.)  This district has been Republican since 1979, but Trump only won it by 1.5 percent in November; this would be the first national upset to the Republican Party since Trump'sinauguration.  Be a part of history making!

APRIL 1, Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. join a Virtual Phone Bank.  Make calls to Georgians on behalf of Ossoff from your own home.  Karen Crouse, kscrouse.kc@gmail.com, has organized this. 

Send an email to her by Friday night and she will send the link to you. All the information you need will be on your computer - or whatever device you use to get email.  The script, the coding of call results, how voters are leaning, etc.

Call Karen at 360-316-9456 with any questions.

Group Leader: ikeith@olympus.net 


JEFFERSON COUNTY IMMIGRANT RIGHTS ADVOCATES (JCIRA) 

Welcoming Resolution passed by the members of the City Council on March 27. Listen to an interview of Libby Palmer on KPTZ radio Compass. It is on a Podcast if you miss it.


The Sanctuary Resolution that the Port Townsend City Council has been working on for the last two months is now a ‘Welcoming City’ Resolution.  
  
 citycouncil@cityofpt.us

Meeting Notes From March 28 Meeting
• PT Welcoming City Resolution passed unanimously last night
• Interfaith Group on immigration met last week
• 200 yard signs sold/distributed, 50 JCIRA buttons
• Two JCIRA members will take webinar to be certified as immigration advisers
• JCIRA will become a satellite of Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Program

Current groups: Drivers/Rides, Rapid Response Team
New Groups Formed: Community Outreach, Research/Education

Suggested Actions: 

*Form legal team locally, if possible
*Conduct training for bystanders/allies
*Follow-up and monitor results of PT Welcoming City Resolution
*Provide KNOW YOUR RIGHTS cards, posters to local social service agencies

• Fundraiser for Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center, Saturday, April 1, 7 PM, Rosewind Commons House, Film to be shown: “A Day Without A Mexican”

More Information:

"You are invited to a fundraiser for the Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center (KIAC) on April 1st.  No admission will be charged but donations are strongly encouraged!  KIAC is a 501(c)(3) committed to the well being of immigrants and the creation of a rich multicultural community.  They have been working closely with our Jefferson County Immigrant Rights Advocacy (JCIRA) group,  providing support and training, and have offered Know Your Rights/Protect Your Family workshops for our immigrant community here in Port Townsend.  KIAC is also supporting a new immigrants rights group in Mason County.  
 
For the fundraiser we are showing the movie,  A Day Without a Mexican.  The film is a hilarious take on the chaos that ensued in southern California the day all the Mexicans vanished.  The movie was made in 2004 but is exceptionally pertinent now.   It opened to sold-out crowds in Mexico City and has a cult following in the US.  The Mexican directors said "They wanted to raise consciousness in a humorous way for Americans to see the importance of the Latin presence in this country".  
 
 The film will be shown at Rosewind Common House (at the corner of Umatilla and Haines) on Saturday, April 1 at 7:00 p.m.  Parking is limited so please carpool, walk or bike!   

Next Committee Meeting
Tuesday April 4:30- 6pm
at Rosewind Common House
 corner of Umatilla and Haines
Bring socks, slippers
Newcomers Welcome!

Group Leader: libbypalmer2@gmail.com