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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Preview YouTube video How a Bill Becomes a Law: Crash Course Government and Politics #9

How a Bill Becomes a Law: Crash Course Government and Politics #9

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.

Spokane Indivisible Advocacy Action Workshop

Spokane Indivisible will be holding its first Monthly Advocacy Action
Workshop!  We have secured a small venue with a capacity of 45, so
PLEASE let us know asap if you are interested in attending by
responding to this email.  We are giving our email folks first notice
and will post to our FB pages on Thursday.

Sunday, Feb 26th, 2017
Unitarian Universalist Church, 4340 W Fort George Wright Dr.
6:00p – 8:00p
Speaker:  Dr. Richard Martin
Topic: The Personal Protection and Affordable Care Act
We will also provide an overview of the Indivisible Guide and how our
group started.  And we will, of course, have time for sharing
thoughts, frustrations, and GREAT ideas!!!

If you are interested in attending please respond to Golie by emailing her at:

Town Hall Meeting

A town hall meeting has been arranged by FUSE on February 28th.    Please Facebook link:

Lee from FUSE writes: The room holds 1400 people and we want to fill it up.  Whether or not CMR plans to attend, we plan to have testimonials from people and if she isn’t there, we will deliver the testimonials to her.  We are collaborating with every group we can find.

I hope your group can attend!  And pass the word to any other groups you know.



Michaele asked for this to be posted:

I just sent postcards to our state representatives in Washington DC urging them to demand a thorough investigation into ties between Russia and the Trump campaign and administration. This is a serous threat to our democracy and national security. I invite group members to join me in making calls and sending letters/postcards about this issue.

Upcoming Actions

Golie Jansen asked that this be posted from the local Indivisible Group:
This morning I was listening to Tom Ashbrook and On Point (one of my favorite shows) talking with a former US ambassador to Russia, and one of the more chilling things said was that loss of democracy happens in small incremental ways.  So we must be ever vigilant and continue to be active in the Resistance – even as we experience resistance fatigue – in whatever ways we can.  Calls and Faxes (every day). Neighborhood Huddles (one noted below). Postcard Parties. Marches. Rallies (Planned Parenthood Saturday; World Relief Sunday). Visits to MoCs offices (FUSE and PJALS next Monday). Signs in your windows.  Letters to the editor.  Financial support.  Attending workshops. Be informed!  Act on you passion.  Share with your friends and family and neighbors!  The resistance continues to grow.  We CANNOT afford to be silenced.
And now stepping off the soapbox…..
Some additional advocacy action items for our region:
  • Sunday, Feb 12th2-4PM. World Relief Rally with Refugees. Stand with the vulnerable to education and mobilize.  Gonzaga John J Hemmingson Center. 702 E Desmet Ave.  One of hundreds of rallies being organized around the nation to show President Bannon exactly who and what we stand for.
  • Saturday, Feb 11th. 3P.  Now We Huddle Spokane:  Northtown Mall.  Huddles are being organized around the country to gather together in neighborhoods and begin to transform the energy experienced at Women’s Marches into local and national action.  Huddles are designed to be positive, inclusive, and action-oriented local meetings where allies can gather together to define next steps as a movement and envision how to transform the energy of the Women’s Marches into local and national action.

  • Mon, Feb 13th.  PJALS.  CMR Office. 1p-3p.  Come join the PJALS delegation to the Washington Community Action Network McMorris Rodgers Action on Healthcare.  They will be rallying outside her office and a small delegation will be going in to the office to be heard. If you are interested in being part of that smaller delegation, please let PJALS know and will they put you into contact with WA CAN.

FYI we have heard from CMR constituents that her office has been closed.  Even so, we will be attending these two events in solidarity.  If her office is closed on Monday we hope the media will be present to document how CMR fails to respond to all of her constituents.

  • Feb 24 (6-9p) and Feb 25 (8a-5p).  $50.  Democracy School in Spokane put on by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund.  One of our members said this workshop was like “getting a Masters Degree in the Constitution in one workshop” and highly recommended attending.  Check out the CELDF website. For more information on the workshop and to register Click here.
Calls:  You can make direct calls 24/7 to the US Gov Switchboard at 202-225-3121.  Ask for your Members of Congress by name:  Patty Murray, Maria Cantwell, Cathy McMorris Rodgers.  You might speak with real interns who are overworked and running only on the fumes of Mountain Dew.  Be brief!  Your name, where you live, briefly what you are calling about (nominations; need to continue to scrutinize Russian involvement in our elections – and who knows what else; demand trump release his taxes; we could go on for pages…….).  Thank Senators Murray and Cantwell for their solidarity in voting against cabinet nominees.  CMR (DO NOT repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; DO NOT dismantle the EPA; DO NOT dismantle the Department of Education; PROTECT your constituents from dirty air and water; we could go on for pages……)
Calls:  EASY to use!!  They have all MoCs by state and congressional district.
Faxes:  EASY.  Use  You get five faxes per day FREE.  Fill out form online and they fax it directly to the offices of your MoCs.  AND you can certainly fax other state’s senators who are sitting members of committees.  AND Paul Ryan.  AND Mitch McConnell.
CURRENT ACTION:  I saw the Senate Committee on Homeland Security is still tallying votes on allowing Bannon on the National Security Council.  ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!!  Call any time:  202-224-4751.
And if you’re so inclined following Kellyanne Conway’s marketing of Ivanka Trump’s business:  Call the Govt Ethics Line:
202-482-9300.  Extension 5.
Postcards are now being mailed to President Bannon, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington DC. 20500.  Print.  Take a pic. Post to FB.  Mail.  Very satisfying.  A national postcard mailing event is planned for March 15th. Pink. YOU’RE FIRED.  Make it a family event!
More to come soon on House and Senate bills to track.  Also more stats on CMR and the strategies we must craft and use and share to turn Washington’s 5th Congressional District BLUE once again!
Every day do something for yourself, your family, our community, our state, our nation.  It does make a difference.