The weekly roundup highlights the actions we took and the amazing results of our hard work. Going forward I will summarize the week in the main post then provide a link and action roundup at the bottom of this post. If you didn't have time to act during the week, you can still do some things over the weekend.
Also, as always, I want to give a huge shoutout to every single one of you who took action this week. 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! Don't ever forget that you have a voice.
Here are this week's highlights. FOR ACTION LINKS AND INFO, PLEASE SEE THE FIRST COMMENT:
• We want to hear from you! We at Indivisible WA realize that activist burnout is a real thing. We want your input on how to make this group work for you. Please see the first action link in the first comment to add your thoughts to the discussion.
• NARAL hosted a Member Summit followed by a rally on the Capitol steps and a direct action to hold our elected officials accountable.
• Town halls, town halls, town halls! We're attending town halls in many districts and pressing our elected officials to continue to hold them. At the same time, we're learning how to attend effectively.
• We're developing our activist skills through ACLU training, self-care and expanding our worldview to increase our empathy.
• We took action on the healthcare bill.
• We stood up for the environment.
INDIVISIBLE BELONGS TO ALL OF US. HELP SHAPE ITS FUTURE:
• Your Daily Do's team is going to be meeting this weekend to talk about next steps, and we want to weigh as many of your wishes as we can. Please comment in the thread: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PantsuitWashington/permalink/1596348607061523/ answering these questions.
- How has your mindset changed since 45 took office?
- How have your priorities changed since 45 took office?
- What's stopping you from contacting your lawmakers daily? What are the obstacles to you being fully engaged in your activism?
- What is the ideal tool to help you contact your lawmakers?
- What do you look for in the Daily Do's? What works for you? What doesn't? No hurt feelings here, y'all, you can be real with us.
• In addition, we are going to start #BuildingYourToolkit. This is going to be an ongoing process whereby we work together to give you a personalized, vetted set of tools, important knowledge about current issues and local politics, and ways that you can do your work and keep your life.
1. Do you want a binder, a folder, a bulletin board? Decide where you would like to store any resources (things like postcards and stamps, fact sheets, contact sheets, and general inspiration), and either get them out of the basement, pop over to Fred Meyer/Goodwill/Target, or put those items in your shopping cart.
2. Fill in this table and tape it up next to your computer/potty/special chair... wherever you do your best work
You can use this link or the Google machine to find a lot of this information:
• On March 11, the ACLU is holding a Resistance Training. The event will offer ideas for action to defend sanctuary cities, resist deportation raids, oppose the Muslim Ban, maintain Planned Parenthood funding and more. They’ll also inform you of your rights as we organize ourselves to resist President Trump’s unlawful policies across the country. Sign up here to learn more about People Power and the Resistance Training livestream: https://go.peoplepower.org/signup/join
• Indivisible WA Member Lise Kauffman is hosting a viewing event: http://go.peoplepower.org/event/attend/1427
• Please post links to other events in the comments here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PantsuitWashington/permalink/1592306517465732/, and/or leave a note to meet other Indivisible WA members in your area for this meeting!
STAND WITH UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS - Contact your local Sherriff, who is an elected official, and ask that person to focus on community safety, not immigration enforcement. Wall-of-Us has a great tool that will help you locate your Sherriff and give you some more background on this issue: http://bit.ly/2mX5wUE
ALL HANDS ON DECK. This is where the pedal hits the metal, Indivisibles. Republicans are trying to push through their repeal/replace for Obamacare THIS WEEK, as quickly as possible and with as little transparency as possible. We won’t let that happen, will we?
• Action #1: GET THE LAY OF THE LAND - for a complete summary please see this thread: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PantsuitWashington/permalink/1593782430651474/
• Action #2: MAKE SOME NOISE: Call Patty Murray, call Maria Cantwell and call your Congressional representatives NOW and tell them these two key things:
• NO CBO SCORE, NO VOTE. Period. Otherwise, the members of Congress are voting on a bill they don’t understand the ramifications for.
• Any ACA replacement bill needs to preserve the same affordability, coverage and quality of care as the ACA. DO NOT SETTLE FOR LESS. Remember, this was a promise of Trump’s during the campaign and it is widely popular, not partisan. This isn’t a liberal/conservative issue. It’s a question of what kind of society we want to be.
• Action #3: TELL YOUR STORY: Personal narrative can really help get across what's at stake with the ACA repeal. Tell your story when you contact Patty or Maria. Also, FamiliesUSA is collecting ACA stories to share with the media and with members of Congress. Cognitive psychologists tell us that storytelling is the most effective way to change hearts and minds. Don't be shy! http://familiesusa.org/share-your-story
What’s a CBO score? http://bit.ly/2mvVuMt
Need a script? http://bit.ly/2mguSyA
• For some people “the talk” they have with their kids is about sex, but for far too many black parents, “the talk” is about how to deal with the police. For those of you who never raised or will never raise children of color take a moment to empathize. This video shows the very real conversations black parents have with their kids about how to protect themselves. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=coryt8IZ-DE What did you learn? How do you feel? Comment here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PantsuitWashington/permalink/1595591913803859/
THIS WEEK'S WINS:
• The levy cliff bill was passed! Our members of congress responded directly to our activism and made sure that public education in Washington State will continue to receive funding.
• Healthcare stumbled through the House and headed to the Senate with enormous opposition from both sides of the aisle. This is an ongoing issue. Keep the pressure on our Senators!
• Forty-five signed another Muslim ban and was immediately beset by multiple states planning to file lawsuits against it.
• Daniela Vargas, the Dreamer who was arrested after delivering and anti-Trump speech, has been released.
• Pressure continues to mount around the question of the current administration's involvement with Russia and their involvement with us.