*** 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.
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