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Indivisible Bainbridge Island Newsletter

July 9, 2021
Guided by Indivisible Guide 2.0
Help progressives win seats in state legislatures and Washington, D.C.
 
What's in this newsletter:

Today Is Filibuster Friday!
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Given yesterday's Supreme Court decision to weaken Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, it's more important than ever to pass H.R.1/S.1, the "For the People Act" and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. To date, 17 states have enacted 28 laws making it harder to vote.

Remind our senators that we want the filibuster eliminated or so significantly reformed that the Senate can pass H.R.1/S.1 and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act.

Take action today!!!
1. Call our senators about the filibuster. Cantwell: 202-224-3441 and Murray: 202-224-2621
Here's a script to get you started:

"I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Sen. [___] to put democracy over a mere procedural rule. America needs S.1, the For the People Act for ballot access, election integrity and ethics in government. To save it from being killed, please do everything you can to end or reform the filibuster."

Feel free to mention all the other legislation that will not pass if the filibuster remains in place: the $15/hour minimum wage, climate change, lowering the cost of prescription drugs, Washington D.C. statehood, increasing the number of federal judges at all levels, new environmental regulations, gun safety or protections for or expansions of abortion rights and immigration reform, to name just a few.

What our senators have said about filibuster reform: Cantwell says she favors returning to the talking filibuster that Sen. Jeff Merkley supports. Murray has said she would be willing to exempt voting rights legislation from the filibuster.

2. Tweet our senators: @SenatorCantwell and @PattyMurray. Remind them that the filibuster is not in the U.S. Constitution and that it has been changed many times in the past. Use the hashtag #FilibusterFriday and #EndTheFilibusterNow. If you tweet to senators from other states, be positive with @Sen_JoeManchin (you can even thank him for wanting to "strengthen the filibuster so it actually promotes bipartisanship) and @SenatorSinema.

3. Write a Letter to an Editor: All the information you need to write letters to the editor is here.
 


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Postcard/Letter Writing
Write postcards to voters in Virginia who will be electing the governor and state representatives this year. Postcards4VA.com has addresses for three more Democratic candidates:
  • Delegate Alex Askew (HD85) representing Virginia Beach won in 2019 by 802 votes
  • Delegate Dan Helmer (HD40) representing parts of Fairfax and Prince William County won in 2019 by 1456 votes. 
  • Delegate Wendy Gooditis (HD10) representing Loudoun, Frederick & Clarke counties won in 2019 by 1428 votes
You can buy Postcards4VA postcards or print your own. You provide the stamps. Get started here.
 
Or, write letters to Virginia voters. Vote Forward just launched their Virginia letter-writing campaign last week.

Here's how it works:
  1. Create an account at votefwd.org.
  2. Click to adopt 5 or 20 voters.
  3. Click to download the letter for each of your adoptees.
  4. Print each letter and handwrite a special message on it about why voting is important to you.
  5. Fold the letter and put it in an envelope; address and stamp the envelope.
  6. Mail each envelope on Sat. Sept. 18 when Early Voting for the Nov. 2 election begins.
Here's a sample Vote Forward letter.
Here's a recent email from Scott Forman, Executive Director of Vote Forward

Get started with Vote Forward here!

Here are some other postcard writing opportunities.

Lastly, email Kathy if you are interested in meeting in person to write postcards! Include your thoughts of possible locations.


Corporations Donating to the Sedition Caucus: Walmart

After Jan. 6, many corporations said they were not going to donate to politicians anymore or were going to "pause" their donations. Here are the 147 elected Republican Congressional officeholders who voted to overturn the election of Pres. Joe Biden.

Many companies are making donations again. This week, we're checking on Walmart.

According to Huffington Post, "Walmart’s moral stand lasted three months. In January, the retail giant said it would suspend all donations to the 147 lawmakers who objected to the election results. But in April, the company gave $30,000 to the National Republican Congressional Committee, the party organization that supports House Republicans in elections. They also gave $30,000 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee." The NRSC is led by Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL),"who stands to benefit from the contribution along with seven other GOP senators who also sought to overturn the will of voters."

Walmart likely uses the same defense as Pfizer, whose spokeswoman, Sharon Castillo, told the Associated Press that the company drew a distinction between giving money to individual lawmakers and to groups created to help those same lawmakers. “We just don’t think it is an accurate connection,” she said.

Action:
Read CEO Doug McMillon's message to Walmart associates about racial equality to pick up on Walmart's hypocrisy on racial justice while funding Republicans who want to overturn an election and keep Black and brown people from voting. 
Then leave a message for CEO Doug McMillon on his Facebook page.
Send an email to Walmart's investor relations.
Tweet: @Walmart
Call or write to the manager of local Walmarts:

  • 21200 Olhava Way NW, Poulsbo, WA 98370
  • 6797 WA-303, Bremerton, WA 98311
  • 3497 Bethel Rd SE, Port Orchard, WA 98366
Here's a sample letter.

Victory!!!
After being excoriated for giving $56,000 to 37 of the 147 elected Republican Congressional officeholders who voted to overturn the election of Pres. Joe Biden, Toyota announced it will stop doing that. “We understand that the PAC decision to support select Members of Congress who contested the results troubled some stakeholders,” the automaker said. “We are actively listening to our stakeholders and, at this time, we have decided to stop contributing to those Members of Congress who contested the certification of certain states in the 2020 election.”

Click here for the accumulated list of companies that donate to the Sedition Caucus.


In Washington, D.C.


Voter Suppression
Twenty-eight voter suppression bills have been enacted in 17 states. Sixty-one bills are still moving through state legislatures.

Wisconsin Texas Pennsylvania Arizona Click here for the accumulated list.


Holding Trump and His Enablers Accountable Click here for what happened to the Endablers and Tourists this week as well as the accumulated list.

This newsletter was prepared by Holly Brewer and Kathy Wallace of Indivisible Bainbridge Island.
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