This is a new weekly feature where we'll highlight our actions and results. - Jennifer Lesher
First of all I want to give a huge shoutout to every single one of you who took action this week. No matter how small or big, your voice counts and your action made a difference. Don't ever forget that you have a voice.
Activist fatigue is a real thing and it's important to guard against it. Remember that one action is more meaningful than no action, so if you can do one a day, do one. If you can do more that is wonderful, but don't ever think that any contribution is too small. Every action counts!
The weekly roundup will highlight the actions we took and the amazing results of our hard work. For specifics on the actions, please search on #dailydos.
Weekly Roundup week ending Feb 3:
Here's what we did:
• We sent cash to Standing Rock.
• We held our press accountable to report on Standing Rock.
• We rallied to support the protectors of Standing Rock.
• We reached out to the ACLU and asked them to up their support for Standing Rock.
• We wrote to Army Corp of Engineers about the Dakota Access Pipeline to take advantage of currently open public comment period.
• We continued to challenge ourselves to have tough conversations about race and privilege and did the homework necessary to bring our intentions into reality.
• We committed to educating ourselves about Black History Month.
• We opposed HR 621 and HR 622 which would remove protections from public lands.
Women's reproductive rights:
• We hammered Steve King, the person behind the "heartbeat bill" from Iowa.
The Alt-Right and fake news:
• We pushed advertisers to stop giving money to Breitbart news.
• We spoke up against racist demagogue Steve Bannon and asked our members of Congress to delegitimize him.
• We asked news outlets to quit legitimizing KellyAnne Conway.
Developing ourselves as informed citizens and activists:
• We started a process for setting up in-person meetings among members of the Indivisible Washington group.
• We educated ourselves about the legislative process and the best ways to use our voices.
Using our power with the US Senate:
• We gathered at our US Senators' local office and made our voices heard.
• We called our Senators and asked them to use the no consent rule and the filibuster to delay cabinet appointments and create leverage against the Muslim ban.
State and Local Government:
• We supported our local government in their response to the Muslim ban and reminded them to be accountable to their communities.
• We educated ourselves about Washington State's education levy cliff.
• We made our voices heard in Olympia about the levy cliff.
Supporting those who support us:
• We gave financial support to the ACLU, the SPL, CAIR, the IRC and other organizations that are working for justice for all.
And here's what changed this week. This is huge. The actions of this group and countless groups like us around the country are making a difference already!
• The City of Seattle has agreed to defund the Dakota Access Pipeline and divest from Wells Fargo Bank: http://www.seattletimes.com/…/protesters-call-for-seattles…/
• Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer finds his spine: http://www.slate.com/…/constituent_power_is_real_just_ask_c…
• By insisting that SPD hold itself accountable, we have changed the conversation on policing in Seattle and caused Ed Murray to institute reform:
Statement from Ed Murray made this statement. "At the same time, Chief O’Toole and I are fully aware that we need to institutionalize and sustain the positive steps the City has taken over the past three years to reform our police department and reduce bias policing and use of force. That is why later this week, my office will transmit legislation to the Seattle City Council on police accountability reform, which will aim to create the most civilian-driven accountability process in our city's history. This structure will allow for continual review of our department's policies and actions in the future."
• Representative Chaffetz has backed off of House Bills 621 which would have sold off public lands to control of the states. We still need to fight HB 622, though.
• A Navy vehicle was seen flying a Trump flag and after significant public outcry, is being investigated by the Navy.