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Indivisible Bainbridge Island Newsletter

Jan. 15, 2021
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Our future
Indivisible.org and IndivisibleBainbridgeIsland.org were founded to resist the election of Donald Trump and all it might entail. With the 2020 election and, we hope, the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, Trump has been defeated, but we know Trumpism is not over.

We are focused on federal, state and local progressive legislation in the areas of social justice, climate and the environment, healthcare, immigration reform and strengthening our democracy. We will support the election of progressive candidates locally and nationwide.

We are guided by Indivisible 2.0. The new guide, Indivisible on Offense, is here.

BINKI forums
Indivisible Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap Indivisible (BINKI) continue to hold forums on Mondays at 5 pm over Zoom on the issues we care about. See the Calendar for this Monday's topic.

The BINKI forum on Jan. 11 invited Louise Pathe of Indivisible Eastside to train us on the Take Action Network (TAN), a better way to track bills in Olympia. If you have an interest in advocating for progressive causes, watch the video of the meeting here and sign up for TAN.

Postcarding
Last week, the IBI newsletter noted that "postcard writing would resume soon."

"Soon" has arrived!

In response to the Trump Riot on Jan. 6, Flip the West is providing a script and the names and addresses of Democratic voters in districts represented by representatives who voted to overturn the 2020 presidential election. They call it the "Sedition Accountability Postcard Program."

We are a writing to voters in California's 25th congressional district. This is a district that flipped blue in 2018 and flipped red again in a special election and on Nov. 3. If you want to write postcards calling out the seditious actions of Rep. Mike Garcia, email Kathy.
Notes from meetings
  • Holly attended a Zoom meeting with our U.S. Senators' staffers on Jan. 13. Do our senators support eliminating the filibuster? Find out by reading the notes here.
  • Holly also attended the Port Townsend Indivisible Zoom meeting with Rep. Kilmer on Jan. 15. Find out what he thinks about the rioters by reading her notes here.
Topic of the Week - The 2020 Census

It should be no surprise that the 2020 census is messed up.

According to the Reapportionment Act of 1929, the Census Bureau is supposed to send the results of the 2020 census to the president by Dec. 31, and by Jan. 10, the president is supposed to send the results to Congress. On Dec. 30, NPR reported that the Census Bureau would fail to deliver the 2020 Census results to the current “president” on time.

As predicted, the results still haven't been delivered to the "president."

The T**** administration tried to add a citizenship question to the census, but the Supreme Court said no to that idea in 2019. Then president issued an executive order entitled Memorandum on Excluding Illegal Aliens From the Apportionment Base Following the 2020 Census. His intent is pretty obvious.

The 2020 census was delayed due to COVID-19, which delayed door knocking by a month. The bureau announced an extension for data gathering through Oct. 31, but then the T**** administration asked the Supreme Court to terminate data gathering immediately on Oct. 7.

As late as Jan. 12, NPR reported that T****-appointed Census Bureau Director, Stephen Dillingham, was considering offering financial incentives to get a report on noncitizens to the “president” before Jan. 15. Whistleblowers at the bureau say they have not had enough time to prepare the report and run quality checks on the data. They are worried that "incomplete data could be misinterpreted, misused, or otherwise tarnish the Bureau's reputation."

The Reapportionment Act of 1929 says that upon receipt of the census report from the president, the Clerk of the House is supposed to send to the executive of each state a certificate of the number of representatives to which the state is entitled.

The Clerk of the House is Cheryl L. Johnson. She was sworn into office on Feb. 25, 2019 by Speaker Pelosi. So far, Johnson can't send the certificates because she (evidently) does not have the census results. But what will she do when she does get the results?

In 1920, rural states refused to cooperate with the census. Their official reason involved a change to the census calendar because the count began on Jan. 1, when farmworkers were in the cities (according to Margo Anderson's "The American Census: A Social History.") As a result, reapportionment did not happen for that decade.

We know any census results produced by the T**** administration will be suspect. The House needs to hold hearings and hear testimony from Census Bureau career staffers before certificates are sent to state governors.

If Republicans get their way, blue states will lose congressional seats and Electoral College votes, and red states will gain congressional seats and Electoral College votes. We will have another 10 years of minority rule by Republicans and an even harder fight for a non-Republican to win the presidency.

We know what Mitch McConnell would do. It's time for Democrats to be like Mitch McConnell and take this issue on.

Read more about this mess here. And contact Rep. Kilmer, Sen. Murray and Sen. Cantwell, too.

Calendar for Sat., Jan 16 through Fri., Jan. 22

Sat., Jan 16, 2 pm to 3 pm, Indivisible Town Hall – State Budget & COVID
Join Senator Manka Dhingra (LD 45) to talk budget policy, COVID and economic recovery. Senator Dhingra (LD45) is a member of the Senate Ways & Means Committee and the Special Committee on Economic Recovery. The Town Hall is organized by Washington Indivisible Network, Indivisible Tacoma and Washington State Indivisible Podcast and moderated by Stephan Cox, Washington State Indivisible Podcast. This public webinar will be recorded, and the video (YouTube), audio (podcast), and chat will be publicly available. Register here.

Mon., Jan. 18, 5 pm to 6:30 pm, BINKI forum on the Citizens Review Initiative
Learn about this proposed ballot initiative to put accurate, clear and trustworthy information into the hands of Washington voters, cutting through the noise by providing objective and factual evaluation on ballot initiatives using a deliberative process based on solid evidence. More info here. Register here.

Wed., Jan 20, 9 am to 12 pm, Inauguration of President Joseph Biden
Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States at 12 pm EST (9 am PST). His inaugural committee is producing a television special for the night of his inauguration in lieu of the normal in-person festivities. The prime-time event will air on broadcast channels ABC, CBS and NBC but not Fox. Cable news networks CNN and MSNBC will carry it live. The 90-minute program, hosted by Tom Hanks and beginning at 8:30 p.m. EST (5:30 pm PST), will include performances by Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake, Ant Clemons and Jon Bon Jovi. The program will spotlight American heroes.

Thurs., Jan 21, 6 pm to 7 pm, Celebration of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Going into Force
On January 22nd the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons will enter into force and become international law. Join the Washington Against Nuclear Weapons (WANW) Coalition, and their partners at Washington PSR and Oregon PSR for an online celebration. Read about it here. RSVP here.

Upcoming events
Tues., Jan. 26, 12 pm to 1 pm, Seattle Indivisible meeting with senate staffers

Join Seattle Indivisible on Zoom over your lunch hour for a deep-dive discussion and Q&A with Sen. Murray's and Sen. Cantwell's staffers. Info here. Sign up for this Facebook event.

Tues., Feb. 9, Bainbridge Island School District Special Election. Check your voter registration status here and make a plan today for how you will vote. Register or update your registration online or in-person by Feb. 1. If you miss the deadline, you will not receive a ballot by mail, but you can register in person at the Poulsbo Voting Center or the Kitsap County Administration Center in Port Orchard any time up to 8:00 PM on Election Day. Learn more at the County Auditors website. Ballots will be mailed 18 days before Election Day. If you need your ballot mailed to an address other than your registration address, contact your local election official for next steps. Look up their info here.

Wed., Feb. 10, 2 pm to 3 pm, meet over Zoom with staffers for Sen. Murray and Cantwell
Register here.

For other events, see our calendar.
Etc.
  • Find when can you get the COVID-19 vaccine: Find Your Phase
  • Sign the MoveOn.org petition to refuse to seat the 126 Republicans who attempted to overturn the election.
  • Sign the DNC Council on Climate & Environment petition urging the Democratic Party to act boldly on the climate crisis that is now upon us.
  • On Friday, Jan. 15, Lawrence O'Donnell interviewed pardon attorney Margaret Love, who served as the U.S. Pardon Attorney for George H. Bush and Bill Clinton. She provided more reasons for a constitutional amendment to eliminate the presidential pardon power when she said that presidential pardons:
    • Can be spoken; presumably there would have to be a witness to be valid.
    • Can be handwritten; there is no particular wording or format to be valid.
    • Can be secret.
    • Do not require a name; that is, they can be a defined group, such as when Gerald Ford pardoned those who went to Canada to avoid the Vietnam War, or the rioters on Jan. 6.
Daily Actions
Email Senator Cantwell: Phone: (202) 224-3441 Fax: (202) 228-0514 Press releases
Email Senator Murray: Phone: (202) 224-2621 Fax: (202) 224-0238 Press releases
Email Rep. Kilmer: Phone: (202) 225-5916 News
  1. Contact our members of Congress and tell them to develop legislation making the 139 members of Congress who voted to overturn the Electoral College results financially liable for all damages (including treatment for stress) caused by supporters of former Pres. Trump incurred by people or property anywhere in the United States. The liability would be divided between the members of Congress who remain in violation. Members would be exempt from liability if they make a public statement that the 2020 Electoral College votes are legitimate, that Biden is the legitimate president and the voting systems throughout the states did not cause an illegitimate result. The insurgency on January 6th came within minutes of being able to endanger our members of Congress, their staffers and the vice president, and therefore, the entire structure of our government. This has affected the strength of our democracy and the way other countries look at us in terms of national security. Such a law would correct the misinformation and reduce violence.
  2. Contact Rep. Kilmer and tell him the House must use its investigative authorities to expel members of Congress who participated in the attempted coup on Jan. 6. Rep. Lauren Boebert tweeted the location of Speaker Pelosi. Reps. Andy Briggs, Mo Brooks and Paul Gosar allegedly helped plan the rally, and Rep. Mikie Sherrill says she saw “reconnaissance” tours being given to next-day-rioters on Jan. 5. (Watch in interview with Sherrill here.) Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon also saw suspicious tours. Capitol Hill tours have not been taking place since March due to COVID-19, so these tours were very noticeable and unusual. Contact our senators and tell them to use the Senate’s investigative authorities to expel senators Josh Hawley and Ted. Cruz. Amendment XIV Section 3 states that ‘”No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any state, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any state legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any state, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.” Read more here.
  3. Contact our members of Congress and tell them to hold hearings on the results of the 2020 census and prevent House Clerk Cheryl Johnson from certifying the results. Like everything else the Trump administration touched, the 2020 census is a mess. COVID-19 delayed in-person contacts by a month. Census Bureau workers were given an extra month, and then that month was taken away. After the Supreme Court prevented the census from including a citizenship question, Trump vowed to subtract non-citizens from the count. The results are late and rushed, and cannot be trusted. Read about the census mess here.
  4. Contact our members of Congress and tell them that in the event of a non-conviction in the Senate, Congress must pass legislation preventing the current “president” from receiving benefits normally accorded to former presidents. Benefits include a $219,000 a year pension, a travel budget of up to $1 million a year for himself and two staff members, subsidies to finance his office and staff, a pension for his spouse ($20,000 a year), a full, lifetime Secret Service detail, up to $500,000 a year for Melania’s official travel and security, and access to the best medical treatment at military hospitals for the current “president” and his spouse for which a “nominal” fee is required. Most of all, the current “president” must be denied access to the President’s Daily Brief (a top-secret summary of US intelligence and world events) after Jan. 20, 2021. Read about it here and here.
  5. Contact Rep. Kilmer and tell him to co-sponsor H.R. 5010 (2019-2020 session), the State-Based Universal Healthcare Act. Contact our senators and tell them to introduce the bill in the Senate. The bill changes the requirements for applying for a waiver under the Affordable Care Act. With a waiver, states will be able to create the most robust, cost-saving single-payer systems in their states. Read about the bill here. California Rep. Ro Khanna carried the bill in the 2019-2020 session. Rep. Pramila Jayapal is expected to introduce the bill in the 2021-2022 session.

 

This newsletter was prepared by Holly Brewer and Kathy Wallace.
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