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