Not too late!

From Jerry Le Claire’s post.

Dear Group,

Reports are that Trump continues to lobby the Congress and has even take to Twitter to rally his supporters to call in and pressure their MoCs for this horrid bill. The Freedom Caucus continues to hold out—but may cave at the actual vote they still plan to hold later today or this evening.
Call Your Congresspeople. Jam the lines. Fill their offices with FAXes. You need not be elegant about why you oppose Trumpcare (AHCA). Let Labrador think you oppose it because it isn’t conservative enough. That’s OK. But tell them all in no uncertain terms that you think this is a hideous bill and you will remember if they vote for it.

Use and/or . Or call directly:

Cathy McMorris Rodgers:

Spokane Office (509) 353-2374
Colville Office (509) 684-3481
Walla Walla Office (509) 529-9358
D.C. Office (202) 225-2006

Then, if you can spare a half an hour. Go to their offices and tell them face-to-face. CMR’s office is at 10 N Post on the 6th floor of the Peyton Building. Folks objecting to this bill will be there from 9 to 4 today. While you’re there, stop by at the offices of Murray and Cantwell, thank them for their efforts and offer encouragement.
Keep to the high ground.

Notice of Actions from Spokane Indivisible

It has been another rough week for everyone (including the tr*mpster!).   I keep trying to orient myself to the New World Order and have taken to searching for other times in history when everything tipped upside down, just in case there might be clues on how to turn things right again. Luckily I landed on Ken Burn’s fabulous history of the Roosevelts (and I encourage everyone to revisit this documentary!).  FDR (and Eleanor) had the gift of vision and the gift of knowing how to effect change in the hearts of the people:  fireside chats; long and difficult trips across the country becoming part of the lives of Americans, even if just for a few minutes; showing Americans in abstract and tangible ways that “The Government” can provide assistance and opportunities for the GREATER GOOD.  And it worked!!  So even though we are in the New World Order with “The Government” now receding into the vapors of greed, I believe we should learn from one of the great lessons of FDR and Eleanor that positive change is effected through DOOR KNOBS – opening them, putting leaflets on them, connecting with our fellow neighbors and citizens.  We all want the same basic FREEDOMS – freedom to choose, to be healthy, to care for our families, to grow.  These freedoms are precious and can only be protected through the constant vigilance of ordinary citizens. Us.  Not someone else. Every Day.  We truly can’t lose the vision or passion or our children will never experience the freedoms we still hold dear.  
Luckily there are MANY ways to be involved!!  Alone, with friends, with a crowd.  Conversations, calls, faxes, letters, postcards, social media, door knobs.  We still have the freedom, so pick one or many and make your voices heard!! 
Upcoming Special Workshop hosted by Spokane Indivisible:
Join Spokane Indivisible with Dr. Jerry LeClaire at our next monthly workshop covering the new and horrid Un-American Health Care Act: what is covered, who loses, who gains (not us). Thursday, March 23rd, 6:30p – 8:30p. Riverview Retirement Community, 1801 E Upriver Drive. Space is limited. RSVP to for more details.
Continued Outrages for Action  – this is Day #59!
=Use – online or via phone.  They provide everything, including scripts!
=Use (my favorite – allows me to be more articulate regarding my particular outrage)
=Call the National Switchboard.  202-225-3121.  24h/day all week!  Tell them the name of your MoC and you will be directed to a real person or voicemail.  CMR’s always seems to be full – why clear your voicemail when you just have to document more comments?
This Washington Post article was just posted about making those phone calls.  They do work.  Keep on dialing.
  • CONTINUE to petition our MoCs to SAVE OUR HEALTHCARE! The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is VITAL to the health and wellbeing of women, men and children in our community, state and nation.  The House Budget Committee narrowly approved the repeal bill on Thurs, and there are still many repubs in the House who don’t think the bill goes FAR ENOUGH in its cuts, so more drama to come.  Then on to the Senate.  CMR continues to be a repub Chatty Cathy Doll – pull the string and she spews back whatever the repub overlords want her to say.  BUT keep sending those phone calls, faxes, letters.   We can hold CMR accountable for voting against the best interests of her constituents and for the best interests of the .01%.  Always remember SHE IS PUTTING CHILDREN IN HARM’S WAY by taking away health insurance and healthcare for families. 
  • There CONTINUES to be growing evidence connecting tr*mp to the Russians, so we MUST keep the heat on here. Tell Murray and Cantwell to be BOLD and to demand investigations into the Russians and to demand  tr*mp’s tax returns.  The Dems actually can do this – they just need to be BOLD and never back down. Also contact the House Intelligence Committee to demand they continue to force release of information.  Contact Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) who is a ranking member; or better yet, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), committee chair.
  • Petition our MoC’s to STOP MASS DEPORTATIONS and Stand for Sanctuary.  This is real.  Flesh and Blood real.  This does NOT make us safer.  This WILL NOT bring back jobs.  This creates human suffering and is not what and who we stand for. 
Calendar of Advocacy Action Events
  • FREE SPEECH FRIDAYS” (every Friday at 4pm at the South junction of Division and Ruby near Wendy’s), 
  • FIRST AMENDMENT SATURDAY”  the first Saturday of EVERY month at NOON at the Lincoln Statue in Downtown Spokane). “We, The People” will assemble there to exercise and protect our First Amendment rights, defend democracy, and oppose the Trump Regime’s destructive agenda and policies. The goal is to encourage and empower people to be activists while encouraging Der Trump to quit.
  • “RESIST TRUMP TUESDAYS”!!!  Go to your MoC’s offices.  Make your voices heard!
  • Join for their “Ready to Resist” calls.  TODAY.  Sunday March 19. 5:00p PCT.Tonight’s call will  discuss the next phase of strategy to save our health care in light of the House vote on Trumpcare being slated to take place this week; and also learn about Trump’s Supreme Court pick, Neil Gorsuch, and how we can resist his nomination.  Jeff Merkley, US Senator from Oregon will be one of the featured speakers.  He has been AWESOME in standing up to the tr*mp-bannon administration.
  • WA State Attorney General Bob Ferguson to visit Gonzaga Law, Thursday, March 23, 2017 for a presentation on the State vs Trump.  4:00-5:00p.  Gonzaga Law Barbieri Courtroom on the first floor of the Law School.  This sounds like it will draw a big crowd, so plan to arrive a bit early.  
  • Turn Up the Dark!  This Earth Hour. Get LOUD about Climate Change.  Turn off your lights.  March 25th, 8:30p-9:30p Local Time.

  • Democracy School May 5-6th. Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund.  Several of us attended last month. It was an intense two-day workshop showing how laws came into being, how they were/are crafted, and who they have always been designed to benefit (again, not us). It is highly recommended – like getting a degree in environmental and constitutional law – and it will not disappoint.  Fascinating and depressing at the same time, but with a glimmer of how to take action in meaningful ways.  Registration is open, but nothing is on their website yet, so email Kai Huschke at for more information.
Miscellaneous to help us with our Advocacy
  • From Jerry LeClaire – a fun way to spend a few minutes learning about our government.  Here is a really great 7 minute primer on the process of legislation.  One of its points is that few bills become law.  (As you watch contemplate what SCRUB and REINS Acts would do to the federal government’s ability to govern—it would be crippling—just what the Republicans/Libertarians would like to see.)
  • If you are interested in the BEST information regarding tr*mpcare, the AHCA, ACA, etc. then email Jerry LeClaire at and ask to be put on his email list (and ask for previous emails — you will almost get a degree in Health Policy!)
From Indivisible Seattle:
Bulletin #1 from IndivisibleGuide leaders this week: All their ACA-related resources (scripts, talking points, district-level data, and more) are now in one place: Save the ACA.
Demystifying Congress
Watching a major piece of legislation like the ACA repeal bill begin to move through the process may bring up a lot of questions for your group. Sometimes, how a bill becomes a law is a bit more complicated than what we all learned in Schoolhouse Rock! As former congressional staffers, we want to help out. Here are our the latest explainers on elements of congressional procedure, which we hope shed some light on what exactly Congress has been up to over the last few weeks. 
In Solidarity.  Every. Day.  Sylvia
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The fight for our lives

The battle against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act is a fight for our lives.

Representative Dave Reichert and his fellow Republicans are rushing through a half-baked bill to repeal the ACA. Yet the Congressional Budget Office just released an estimate that 24 million Americans stand to lose coverage under the GOP plan, while the wealthy would get a tax cut. (2)

Here in Washington, the Seattle Times reported that Southwest and Eastern Washington, two of the state’s sickest regions, would be hardest-hit by a repeal of the ACA. (1) Other vulnerable populations—the elderly, low-income families, people with disabilities—could be hit with higher insurance costs or lose health care coverage altogether.

We need to turn up the heat on Representative Dave Reichert to save our health care. Rep. Reichert, who represents east King and Pierce Counties as well as Central Washington, is a key vote in the House if the Trump administration is to repeal Obamacare. Call Rep. Reichert’s office now at (844) 478-5667 with this simple message:

“I urge you to oppose any effort to roll back the Affordable Care Act. The new Republican proposal would eliminate essential health care for thousands of your constituents. I’m counting on you to protect your constituents and vote NO. Thank you!”

Then report how your call went.

Let’s protect millions of Americans’ right to affordable, accessible health care. Call Reichert today and ask him to do the same.

Thanks for all that you do,
Jamie and the entire team at Fuse

P.S. You can find more ways to fight the Trump Administration on our new website that brings together the best actions from across the state.


Another Week of Advocy in Whatever Ways You Can

Another week of advocacy in whatever ways you can:  
Call or fax or write CMR to NOT support Trumpcare.  It will leave millions without health insurance, now CONFIRMED by the CBO report that came out yesterday.  Those millions will still require HEALTH CARE.   They will not be able to afford even the most basic health coverage like preventive medicine — resulting in cascading declines in health that will be covered in the private sector — resulting in higher costs to us through higher insurance premiums.  So the HUGE savings to the government that Ryan et al are spouting will go to the VERY rich while the increasing health care costs will be shifted to, once again, the American People.  We all lose.  Well, almost all of us……..
So make your calls and faxes to CMR!!  National Switchboard. 202-225-3121.
Last week, two Republican Members of Congress went on television to promote the disastrous repeal bill and admitted that they have no idea how many of their constituents are currently insured under the Affordable Care Act—embarrassing!1 This week, make sure Congress knows just how many of us there are standing indivisible against their rushed, impractical, and unjust legislation. House and Senate Republicans are trying to repeal the ACA before the next big recess begins April 7. We’re not going to allow that to happen. Your work is already making a difference,2 and we just need to keep the pressure on.

Health care repeal update:

House Republicans moved their repeal bill ahead in the House Ways & Means and Energy & Commerce Committees this week without a score from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) revealing how much the bill is going to cost. So much for all that talk of fiscal responsibility!
The score will be coming as soon as today, and Republicans know it’s going to be bad—that’s why they’re already at work trying to undermine the CBO.3 Meanwhile, a study by the Brookings Institution estimates that at least 15 million Americans will lose health insurance.4 This is completely unacceptable—and your MoCs need to keep hearing that message from you.

Need resources on the health care bill? Unlike Republicans, we’ve got you covered.

  • We’ve collected all our materials on health care together so that you can find our brand new script plus talking points, district-level data, legislative process explainers, and more in one place: Save the ACA.
  • Last week, we joined up with health care experts from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Families USA, and Planned Parenthood Action for an emergency call providing an overview of the American Health Care Act and what you can do to stop the repeal of the ACA. If you missed it, you can listen to the recording here.
  • Make sure you know where your MoC stands with this handy tracker from NPR.

More Capitol Hill highlights

Want more to talk about with your MoCs’ offices this week after you’re done reminding them how you feel about saving health care? We’ve got a few suggestions:
  • In the House of Representatives: Stop the secrecy around Trump’s taxes.
    We’re all still being kept in the dark about Trump’s conflicts of interest—including information that could be important to revealing further ties between Trump and Russia. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) has introduced a Resolution of Inquiry (H.Res. 186) directing the Treasury Secretary to provide to the House of Representatives Trump’s tax returns from 2006 through 2015, as well as other financial documentation. If you think that Trump’s tax returns need to be made public, tell your MoC to cosponsor H.Res. 186. Here’s our background and script for asking your Representative to cosponsor the resolution.
  • In the Senate: The Most Boring and Dangerous Bills You’ve Never Heard Of.
    Yes, even as former congressional staffers, our eyes glaze over at the mention of “regulatory rollback.” You know who doesn’t think this is boring? Corporate lobbyists—and they’re hoping you don’t notice. The Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome (SCRUB) Act (H.R. 998) would create an unelected board to make recommendations to Congress on cutting regulations. This may not sound like a big deal—but it is. It’s a quiet way to give big business a big gift: the end of regulations essential to protecting our environment, health, and workplace safety. This bill has already passed the House and is currently before the Senate: here’s our script for telling your Senator to vote NO on this dangerous legislation.
    As if that weren’t bad enough, the Senate is also considering the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act (S. 21), which requires congressional approval for a huge number of regulations. This bill would put corporate lobbyists in the driver’s seat—taking aim at the health and safety protections Americans depend on. REINS is a truly reactionary, fundamental reworking of the federal government, and not in a fun way. It’s been called “the most dangerous bill you’ve never heard of.”5
Extra credit: want to learn more about the legislative process? We’ve got a new explainer on House of Representatives Committee Action.

Looking ahead: Stop Gorsuch

America has never been more in need of an independent judiciary. With President Trump escalating his attacks on our most basic rights, the courts are our last safeguard. And with the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch, a right-wing apologist (more conservative than Scalia!),6 to the Supreme Court, Trump has made it clear that he hopes to enshrine his agenda through our nation’s judiciary too.
That’s why we’ve joined The People’s Defense, a campaign bringing together grassroots activists to fight the appointment of any Supreme Court Justice who will not stand up to this president. Gorsuch’s first hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee is March 20, and Senate Republicans are trying to force a final vote before Senators go home during the April recess to face you. It’s time to step up our game.
  • Visit The People’s Defense and read about why Gorsuch is bad for American families. Use this information to call your Senators and tell them to oppose Neil Gorsuch. Spread the word on social media, at your Indivisible meetings, and with your friends and family on why Gorsuch is a dangerous pick for an independent judiciary.

Need some inspiration?

Last week, local group Indivisible Austin and Spotzen Film released I Stand Indivisible, a bold, powerful video featuring group members from all walks of life speaking about what brought them to the Indivisible movement, what they’re fighting for, and their confidence that when we stand indivisible, we’re capable of creating change. It’s a must-see, and we hope it inspires you as much as it’s inspired us.

This is the part where we ask you for money (again)

Want to see something amazing? Watch this Rachel Maddow segment last week, which shows that constituents across the country are asserting their power and convincing their MoCs (even Republicans like Tom Cotton!) to oppose the ACA repeal bill.
The evidence is very clear: This. Is. Working.
On top of your activism, your previous donation has allowed us to keep the website online, hold emergency calls to fight against repeal of ACA, and respond to thousands of questions from activists all over the country. In the last seven days alone, our website got over half a million pageviews. More than 30,000 people have RSVPed for nearly 2,000 events on our centralized map since it went live. Your support is making this possible—thank you.
Thank you for believing in us. If you chip in another few bucks, know that you’ll be helping us build this movement. We want to help you create more Tom Cotton moments and save health care for millions of Americans—and we’re going to do it together.
We have everything we need to stop the repeal bill: your strength as constituents, standing indivisible. We can and we will win.
In solidarity,
The Indivisible Guide team

Nonviolence Guidelines

Golie Jansen asked that I post this email from a member of the Individible group:

I was able to attend a workshop last night hosted by the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane on the Role of the Peacekeeper at marches, rallies and other types of gatherings where community members are exercising their First Amendment Rights of Free Speech. We have several potentially large events that will be held in our community this weekend and early next week and the following from PJALS’ website should be helpful to all of us now and in the coming years as we continue to be part of the Resistance:__________________________

In the traditions of Mahatma Gandhi, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Dolores Huerta, Cesar Chavez, Dorothy Day, Utah Philips, and millions of people all over the world, our work for justice and peace is founded in principles and practice of active nonviolence.

Nonviolence Guidelines
Our nonviolence guidelines are just one example of our practice of active nonviolence.
As a participant in a PJALS action, I agree to abide by and reflect upon these commitments:

1. At all times, we will use our anger at injustice as a positive nonviolent force for change. Our attitude will be one of nonviolence, openness, friendliness, and respect toward all we encounter. We will convey this through words, symbols, and actions.

2. We will refuse to return the assaults—verbal or physical—of those who oppose or disagree with us. We will protect those who oppose us from insults and attack.

3. As participants in a nonviolent event, we will follow the directions of the designated coordinators. In the event of a serious disagreement, we will remove ourselves from the gathering.

4. We will refrain from insults and swearing. We will use no violence, verbal or physical, toward any person. We will not carry anything that could be construed as a weapon.

5. We will not run or use threatening motions. We will not damage any property. We will not bring or use alcohol or illegal drugs.

Movie Challenge

I recently watched the movie, “I am not Your Negro”, a documentary based upon 30 pages of notes for a proposed novel that James Baldwin sent to his publisher about the lives of Medgar Evers, Martin Luther King and Malcom X.   I do not recall a more powerful movie. James Baldwin directly asks, “Why do you need a nigger?”  and suggests that white people live in a fantasy and maintain a standard of living that requires others to be subservient.  And when they refuse to be subservient or stand up for themselves in any manner, they are faced with a rage and fear by white men that results in violence and death.  He is surprised that African Americans have not been eliminated by genocide in the face of this fear by a morally bankrupt majority.

For me, it was like having a mirror held in front of me. It demanded that I not only take action, but that I enter into relationship with those that are in a more vulnerable place in our world.  Not so that I can help them but so that I can face myself more clearly as a privileged white male and begin to take the steps to address the injustice necessary to support my standard of living.

If you have seen this movie, I invite your comments/reactions.   If you have not I challenge you to do so.