*** YOUR DAILY DO’S - TUESDAY, 7 AM *** Katie Anthony
Happy Tuesday everybody! Let’s check in with Standing Rock, shall we?
1. Here’s what’s going on. Read this:
2. Now, consider what that article said about how the movement was supported (or not supported) by mainstream media, and by the American public.
Near as I can see it, there were two main failures by the American media and public: first, we failed to recognize the long, long history of trespass on indigenous lands, and how that might inform our trespass on this indigenous movement which was uniquely spiritual and deserving of our respect; then, when told that we were trespassing on an indigenous movement, that the movement would continue to belong to the indigenous people and be governed by their values and beliefs, we ghosted. When faced with the choice of standing behind indigenous leaders and amplifying their voices or giving up, we (we = the media and general public) walked away.
I know that many of us in this group sent encouragement, supplies, and donations to the people of Standing Rock. I’m not trying to diminish your contribution. But our individual gestures don’t change the fact that our banks still have a horse in this game, our media still isn’t covering it, and #StandingRock isn’t trending on Twitter anymore. We need to own our share of responsibility in that.
So it feels like everywhere we look there’s a guy with his hand up telling us, “Nope, you can’t do anything about the banks. Nope, you can’t do anything about the politicians. Nope, you can’t do anything about society. Well, I guess we better give this one up.” Raise your hand if you feel that way every time you read about a problem that is too big for one person to solve. Comment on this post if you’ve felt that way. Look around and see how many of us have felt that way.
I’d like to invite you instead to watch this video of an Eritrean woman born deaf-blind, who faced that hand saying, “Nope, you can’t surf. Nope, you can’t go to an Ivy League. Nope, you can’t hug the mother f-ing President,” and said to that hand, “Get the hell out of my way.” Faced with obstacles that would naturally nurture helplessness, instead she says that the experience has made her “a great problem-solver.”
3. So let’s #ChannelHaben and problem-solve the shit out of this today. Here’s your homework: Start with a problem you CAN’T solve, and then flip it around to a problem that you CAN solve. Here are a few things I came up with:
I can’t pull the plug on the banks… but I CAN make sure that my personal money isn’t held by DAPL-funding institutions, and start trying to learn which companies I use often bank with Wells Fargo or Citi, two of the major banks funding the pipeline.
I can’t change the conversation on social media… but I CAN do my part to seek out other Tweets and Facebook posts that promote Standing Rock, and like and share them.
I can’t stop the construction… but I CAN learn more about protecting fresh water, and talk about it with my friends. http://on.natgeo.com/1CheVZu
OK, y’all. Time to problem-solve. Share what you’ve got!
*** YOUR DAILY DO'S - TUESDAY, 6 PM *** Katie Anthony
I had some time last week (thanks to the generosity of the rest of the Do's team) to take a step back from day-to-day activism and consider the real identity and potential of this group. I know that my journey with Indivisible started at the most emotionally complex and draining time of my life. When I joined this group, I saw this in you too - our grief, our rage, our paralyzing fear, and above all else our desperation to not be paralyzed, to get out there and FIX THIS.
We started running in fear, not looking at anything but the ground that lay beneath our next steps. That's okay. It was our fear, and our courage to speak up and join, that connected us and drove us to make so many phone calls that the Senate's phone systems broke, write letters, join hands in marches and protests. That fear was what needed to be in us at that point, to scare us out of complacency.
But we're here now - 4 months into this thing, and if we have discovered one thing it is that fear burns hot enough to get us running, so hot that it could consume us.
Every one of us has to do this work tonight: Recognize the power and price of running off of fear. Begin to understand how you can choose a life that nourishes you, and keeps you strong for the work ahead.
Truth: This group continues to be motivated primarily by fear and anger - that's okay, it's a scary and enraging time. But remember that fear and anger take up space in your mind and heart that could be filled by love, joy, and purpose.
Here's your homework for tonight:
1. What are your top three activism priorities or issues?
2. What activities do you find depleting, discouraging, and/or stressful? (ie. not sleeping enough, social media, news, etc.)
3. What activities do you enjoy that nourish your body, mind, spirit, and soul?
Make a plan:
1. What activities will you cut out for the next week so you feel less stress or depletion?
2. What activities will you do in the next week to nourish yourself?
3. In a week, assess how you’re doing and keep with the plan, or modify it.
If there's enough interest, I'd love to create a club of sorts so that people who are ready to work this list and move mindfully toward creating their own activism can support each other!
Source for these questions: AmericansofConscience.com.
*** YOUR DAILY DO’S – MONDAY, 7 AM *** Wendi Lindquist
Welcome to a brand new week, Indi WA. I’ve got 3 Do’s for you this morning, and they are all about OUR CHILDREN.
I want you to do me a solid and do every single one of them.
1. #OURSONTRAYVON - Yesterday was the anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death. It’s been 5 years since this boy was murdered, and we haven’t done nearly enough to make this world safer for other children of color. Today we need to #TalkAboutTrayvon. A) Check out this toolkit.
B) Write a post on your social media and use the hashtag #TalkAboutTrayvon. C) Mention Trayvon Martin’s name to someone today. Have a conversation about him. Suggested conversation-starter in comments. Post comments below so you can help your fellow Indi Warriors who might be uncomfortable or unsure how to start.
2. SPEAK UP FOR THIS CHILD - On Valentine's Day, in our own state in the town of Arlington police shot and critically wounded a 17-year old black girl. Haven't heard about it? You're not the only one. While news agencies did report on it that day, it didn't become a big news story. Exactly why is a question worth asking. Police have given one account of events (http://www.seattletimes.com/…/person-shot-by-police-in-arl…/). Her family has given another account far less flattering to the officers involved (http://www.breakthroughthebullets.com/).
Contact Arlington mayor, Barbara Tolbert, (360.403.3441, firstname.lastname@example.org) and the Arlington City Council (email@example.com) to say that you are closely watching the investigation. Script in Comments.
3. ACTUALLY, SPEAK UP FOR ALL THE CHILDREN – HB 610 - Congress wants to "fix" (mess up) Education Nationwide.
NATIONALLY - House Bill 610 is a real turdbiscuit of a bill – highlights include repealing funding for AP (Advanced Placement), ESL (English as a Second Language), School Safety, Education for the Homeless, and the No Hungry Kids Act which defines minimum nutritional standards for school breakfast and lunch. So make the time to call your Representative and express your strong disapproval of this bill. Script in comments.
IN-STATE - Its about funding in WA Say NO to the Republican Plan SB 5607 email our state house appropriations committee to express opposition to SB 5607, the Republican education funding plan which would increase Seattle homeowners’ property taxes while decreasing property taxes for corporations like Walmart. I recommend you start your email with something like, “Dear State Rep, LOL, I just read about SB5607 and I was like What! More taxes for working families and fewer taxes for Walmart, who has built into its organizational budget that it can underpay employees and just help them get on food stamps to survive? Is it Opposite Day again?” Email contact info in comments. Please share widely.
***DAILY DO’S – Monday 7 PM EDITION***
That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain’t I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain’t I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man - when I could get it - and bear the lash as well! And ain’t I a woman? I have borne thirteen children, and seen most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother’s grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain’t I a woman? –Sojourner Truth
The day after 98-year-old NASA physicist and mathematician Katherine Johnson appeared on the stage at the Academy Awards seems like as good a day as any to honor the achievements and bravery of two of our black women heroes.
First up: Sojourner Truth, born Isabella Baumfree, a Dutch-speaking slave who escaped to freedom with her infant daughter in 1826. Shortly afterwards, she learned that her five-year-old son had been sold down South. Unbelievably, she took the case to court and managed to get him returned. Working in the abolitionist movement while also insisting on black women’s suffrage, she delivered an unforgettable extemporaneous speech at the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention in Akron. “Ain’t I A Woman” may well be the first expression of intersectional feminism and it retains its power today.
Watch Alfre Woodard deliver Truth’s famous speech here:
Read more about Sojourner Truth:
“In diversity there is beauty and there is strength.”
“We can learn to see each other and see ourselves in each other and recognize that human beings are more alike than unalike.” –Maya Angelou
Dr. Maya Angelou lived countless fascinating lives, from a hardscrabble Depression-era childhood to work as a sex worker, fry cook, dancer, actor, journalist and cast member in Porgy and Bess, as well as the author of seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry and countless articles, TV shows, plays and movies. Along the way she recited a poem at Bill Clinton’s inauguration, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and was the first African-American woman to direct a major motion picture (Down in the Delta, 1998).
PBS is airing a documentary about this phenomenal woman, “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise,” which you can find here: https://tinyurl.com/jzxtv3j
Find out more about her books: https://tinyurl.com/gslsarl
And her life: https://tinyurl.com/grqja8d, with much more at mayaangelou.com.
This Huffpost article leads to a list of 35 amazing and inspiring black women, from aviator Bessie Coleman to revolutionary Angela Davis. There’s enough here for eleven more months of celebrating black women’s history all year long.
***DAILY DO’S – Friday 7 AM EDITION*** Mary Park
File under #MarathonNotASprint
Our state legislature continues to wrestle over how to fully fund public K-12 education in Washington, and the levy cliff continues to loom, leaving schools in limbo about next year's budget. Here's what to do. (If it feels like we've done this before, it's because we have. Apparently our reps need to hear it again.)
1. School Funding Levy Cliff The House passed the levy cliff delay bill (HB 1059) nearly a month ago but it remains stalled in the Senate Ways & Means Committee. Comment online or call to ask your senator to support HB 1059. Tell your senator, “I do not agree that the levy cliff solution must wait until legislators figure out the entire McCleary plan. It must be fixed now and this bill should pass now.”
2. The House passed the Democrats’ Education Plan (HB 1843), but they have not yet announced how the state would pay for it. Comment online or call your representatives to ask the House to provide ample funding for public education with new progressive revenue, such as the proposals in Governor Inslee's budget.
3. Write to the House Appropriations Committee (emails in comments) in opposition to the Republicans’ education funding plan, SB 5607. SB 5607 fails our children, our Constitution, and the courts. It is billions short of what the bill promises, and it will not deliver on what the Constitution guarantees. The Republican bill would increase property taxes on many Washingtonians, while big corporations in rural areas like Walmart, Boeing, and Avista would get a huge decrease in their property tax bills. They’re choosing to raise a regressive tax on hardworking families rather than ask the richest 1% and the corporate special interests to pay their fair share.
4. Education Funding forums are scheduled in early and mid March in legislative districts around WA. Check the comments for a list to look for a forum in your district. Spread the word.
***DAILY DO’S – THURSDAY 7AM EDITION*** Wendi Lindquist
Last Saturday during his “campaign rally” the president claimed he would release a new and “better” version of his travel ban (read Muslim ban). The good news is that he’s postponed his new executive order—which according to leaks is only slightly less un-Constitutional than the original version—until next week. The really bad news is that he decided instead to remove protections for transgender students in public schools. The short version is the Federal government as a matter of policy will no longer explicitly protect the rights of trans students at public schools and allow them to use the bathroom or locker that corresponds with their gender identity rather than their birth certificate. This could allow states to make their own rules, which of course is bad because Republicans control most of the legislative bodies. For more info on what the president did this time: http://nyti.ms/2l8mUEN
1. Legally the president can make this change, but that doesn’t mean it’s morally or politically right. Contact your elected officials in Congress and tell them why they should help craft legislation or support legislation to protect rather than endanger transgender and gender fluid people, especially children. If you’re feeling generous, reach out to Betsy DeVos who—I can’t believe I’m saying this—took a stand in favor of the protections, and thank her for standing up for all students.
2. Last night Mary asked you to show your continuing support for the people of Standing Rock. Today, pick up your phone and call the president to tell him why you disapprove of DAPL and the militarized closure of the peaceful camps at Standing Rock. In a recent talking point, the president claimed he hasn't received any calls against DAPL…which was only true because the White House comment line had been turned off! Now that it's back on, let's tell him what we think about the Dakota Access Pipeline: http://p2a.co/xdL9jbf.
3. What do you have planned for 1pm? This afternoon Dave Reichert, the Republican rep from the 8th district—in an effort to skip out on hosting a traditional town hall meeting—will be conducting a Facebook Live event hosted by KCTS. The good news is that KCTS is collecting questions. Submit yours and then tune in to watch the state’s most vulnerable Republican rep (hopefully) answer your hard questions. https://kcts9.org/programs/facebook-live-events
Bonus: For those of you who live in Reichert’s district, there’s going to be a big rally in Issaquah starting at 11am for his constituents to voice their concerns. While the congressman won’t be there, you can still send him a big message. For details: https://www.facebook.com/events/432721383785803/
***DAILY DO’S – WEDNESDAY 7AM EDITION*** Wendi Lindquist
I’m excited to be heading to Olympia tomorrow with my org as part of the Asian Pacific American Legislative Day. While not an API myself (was it the Swedish last name that give it away?), the group welcomes people of all backgrounds who share an interest in supporting the state’s immigrant, refugee, first-generation, minority, and low income populations to stand with them on the Capitol steps. We plan to make a number of requests of the legislature. Some are small--like asking for dental insurance for elderly refugees, others—like helping close the achievement gap by fully funding K-12 education—are not. Our issues may not matter to all of you—and they don’t have to.
To make big differences we need to start thinking smaller, focusing on what can we change at the state level.
1. First, do you know who your state legislators are? There’s no shame in saying no. Take a moment to look them up here: http://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder/. Next question, have you ever met with your state legislator or their staff? If your answer is no, now’s a great time to schedule an appointment. You don’t have to travel all the way to Olympia, they have local offices too. And you don’t have to go alone, you can put a call out here or elsewhere in the group. But, what do you say to your legislator when you meet her or him? This summary was meant for meeting with your Congressperson, but it works for local level officials too: http://bit.ly/2kKyQQX.
2. This week HB 1384 passed with a vote of 76 to 21 and is now in the Senate. The bill, would change the statute of limitations on domestic violence protection orders to make them the SAME as the REST of the protection orders! It extends the orders from a two-year LIMIT to allow for permanent status. Call your state senator and let them know that you want to protect domestic violence survivors.
Bonus: Want to learn more about how to prevent sexual assault and help those who’ve been affected? Check out WCSAP, the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, http://www.wcsap.org
3. Initiatives. I could drone on about the historical origins of initiatives and why they tend to exist mostly in the west (seriously, I had a whole graduate class on them). They’re sometimes good (marriage equality), often complicated (carbon tax, income tax), and frequently bad (two words: Tim Eyman). Coming down the bad pipeline is initiative 1552, which would repeal Washington's long-standing transgender non-discrimination laws. Opponents of equality have begun collecting signatures to put this dangerous initiative on the ballot this November. Spread the word to decline to sign any petition that would repeal WA's non-discrimination laws. For more info, check out this Stranger article: http://bit.ly/2l6l8DZ
Bonus: Consider donating or getting involved with a local org that helps support trans/gender fluid individuals, like the Washington Gender Alliance. http://www.washingtongenderalliance.com/
***DAILY DO’S – WEDNESDAY 6PM EDITION*** Mary Park
Today has been a worrisome and sad day at Standing Rock. #nodapl
Militarized police have been surrounding Oceti Sakowin Camp most of the day. Information is coming in batches, but from what we can learn at the moment, it seems they've delayed forcible removals and raids until tomorrow morning. It seems that some people have been able to get out, and there are reports of at least 7 arrests, including of people from independent media.
Here's how you can help from Washington state, from the words of Chase Iron Eyes:
"From the beginning, we knew this day would come. The water protectors stood bravely. Though our brothers and sisters are now being removed from treaty lands, I am here to tell you this fight is not over.
I must express my gratitude for all you have done to stand with us so far in our battle against the Dakota Access pipeline. Your involvement has helped carry us. You have made this enduring fight possible. Now, the battleground has shifted to the legal courts and the court of public opinion.
Please consider donating to our public education and advocacy fund so that we can continue to mobilize the hearts and minds of the world to our side."
#Give5: donate to the Lakota People's Law Project:
Pipeline construction isn’t limited to North Dakota. It’s going on right here, right now. Mark your calendars now for Monday’s pipeline resistance event, kicking off two campaigns on pipeline infrastructure in our own state. First, a campaign to fundraise for tribal nations' legal efforts against Kinder Morgan; second, a campaign to stop a potential pipeline proposal, Sumas Express, which will double our natural gas capacity and come down the I-5 corridor, right in our back yard!
WHO: Sierra Club, 350 Seattle and Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility.
WHAT: Campaign launch
WHEN: Monday, February 27th from 6:30 to 8:00
WHERE: Washington Hall: 153 14th Ave, Seattle WA
And, tweet/post to news organizations and demand that they cover what is happening at Standing Rock. #EyesOnStandingRock
***DAILY DO’S – TUESDAY 7AM EDITION***
Like many public-school kids, Congress has a recess this week. But instead of sleeping in late and playing too many video games, our senators and reps will use their break to meet with constituents at home. If you’ve been following the news, you probably already know that the Republicans in our state don’t have any town halls scheduled this week. Having watch their fellow reps fair poorly, they're scared that an unstructured format would leave them particularly vulnerable to criticism on their stance on issues ranging from the Affordable Care Act to the environment. Local groups across the state have already been pressuring for meetings. This week let's remind all of our reps, especially the Republicans, that they work for us and need to listen when we voice our concerns.
1. Check what your representative has planned for this week. There are a couple of ways to find that info. If you’re not following her or him on Facebook or Twitter, now’s the time to start. Indivisible members have also posted a number of official and unofficial events on our event’s page (click on the “event” link under the Facebook banner to find them). These will be particularly useful to people trying to get the attention of their Republican reps. Or you can always check out their official website. Have time to make an in-person event? Great! Share about your experience here or in the group discussions. This is your best chance to tell your elected officials face to face what you what them to know. Have an event you want to highlight? Post in the comments.
2.Support WA state Senate Candidate Manka Dhingra There's so much more we could do if Democrats held the state Senate. As it stands, there are currently 24 Democrats and 25 Republicans, but we have a special opportunity to turn this around! Last night I told you about the 31st district. But, the 45th district is also having a special election this November. The 45th, which voted overwhelming for Obama and Hillary Clinton, is running a wonderful new candidate: Manka Dhingra.
You don't need to be in the 45th district to help - donate a few bucks and/or volunteer to phone bank as the election comes closer.
Get involved here: http://www.electmanka.com/
Learn more about flipping Washington’s Senate blue: http://bit.ly/2m6Q3Bk
3. Support Family Planning On February 16, 2017, the House voted on HJR 43, which would overturn a Health and Human Services rule that prohibits banning of reputable health care providers from accessing Title X funds. Title X is the federal grant program that provides individuals with family planning services. Under the existing HHS rule, organizations like Planned Parenthood cannot be prevented from using Title X funds to provide women’s health care to low-income individuals. If HJR 43 passes, it will be far easier to allocate Title X funds based on ideological grounds, which will make birth control, abortion, and other reproductive services harder to access for low-income women. It is critical that we work to defeat this bill before it passes the Senate, in order to ensure that women of all income levels have access to the health care they need.
Please consider contacting pro-choice organizations such as Planned Parenthood (https://www.plannedparenthood.org/) and NARAL (https://www.naral.org) and offer them your time and make a donation if you’re able.
Defeating the bill is an uphill battle, considering the Senate’s current composition (52-46, with two independents who typically caucus with the Democrats), so please consider contacting Republican Senators who are sympathetic to reproductive rights, such as Lisa Murkowski of Alaska (https://www.murkowski.senate.gov/) and Susan Collins of Maine (https://www.collins.senate.gov/) and asking them to vote no on HJ 43. And be sure to tell Cantwell and Murray why you think it’s important for low-income women to access to reproductive services.
***DAILY DO’S – TUESDAY 6PM EDITION*** Liz Bander Hill
Y'all, the email from SURJ (see #3) says it all: this is the moment. Take a look at where you can take action, particularly if you haven't yet or it's been busy, and make something happen!
1. Town Hall Currently, both Senators Murray and Cantwell’s offices do not have town halls scheduled in Washington State where they can meet with and hear the concerns of their constituents. Indivisible Groups in Washington State are working together to provide the platform for our Senators to engage in meaningful dialogue with the people of their state, all they have to do is show up. https://www.facebook.com/events/1011407905627770/
2. We've talked about the importance of delaying the levy cliff a few times. The last chance to get this out of committee is nearly upon us - 2/24 (without a special legislative session called by the governor).
If you have any question left about the impact this will have on your community, check out this FANTASTIC map showing the impact of the levy cliff on individual school districts. Zoom in and click on your school district to see how much money will be lost. Chances are, it's in the millions of dollars for your school district alone.
A bill to delay this catastrophe (SHB 1059, http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=1059&Year=2017) is stuck in the WA Senate Ways & Means Committee. Call the Chair, John Braun at (360) 786-7638 and tell him how unhappy you are that this is still in committee.
3. From a SURJ (Standing Up for Racial Justice) email: As expected, Trump hasn't even been in office for a month and has already started unleashing ICE on communities across the country to carry out mass deportations.
From Florida to Virginia to Oklahoma to California, ICE agents are showing up at people's homes, workplaces -- even stopping buses to demand that folks show their papers on the spot. And while the fear running through immigrant communities right now is deep, the resistance that immigrant communities are building is awe-inspiring.
This is the moment to show up, and there are two important ways that you can do that right now:
1. United We Dream is calling on folks -- especially those who are U.S. citizens -- to sign up for deportation defense. This means pledging to intervene when and if there is an ICE raid in your community by following the leadership of local immigrant rights activists -- including potentially trying to prevent a deportation from happening. You can sign up here: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/immigrants-are-heretostay….
2. Mijente is coordinating a massive national campaign to fight for "sanctuary city" status in local towns and cities, defining "sanctuary" in the broadest possible terms to ensure safety for all those being targeted by the Trump administration -- undocumented folks, refugees, Black folks and other people of color, queer and trans folks, disabled folks, and more. The reason that people are being deported by ICE right now is because of years of over-policing -- and so it's vital to fight back against over-policing in this moment. There are currently 203 active campaigns, and you can either join an existing local campaign or start one yourself here: https://action.mijente.net/…/tell-your-mayor-to-d…/near/new….
If you marched in a Women's March last month, this is the moment to make your commitment to resist Trump real.
If you protested at an airport over the refugee ban, this is the moment to make your commitment to resist Trump real.
If you joined our email list because you weren't sure what to do but knew that you needed to do something, this is the moment to get in motion and to resist Trump and his agenda in a very real way.
Katie Anthony is a writer, one of the administrators of Pantsuit Washington, and heads the Daily Do's team.
Liz Bander - writer
Angela Teater- Writer