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Indivisible Tacoma Report 2019

Reorganization Work – (November 2018) thru 2019

Nov 2018   General Meeting to propose reorganization plan, garner suggestions and member permission.

Jan-Apr 2019   Reorganization of IT Steering Team to comprise Chairs of Working Teams (Legislative Action, Membership & Outreach, GO4Action,Voter Registration & Engagement, Communication & Technology) plus Treasurer and Secretary. Adopted Values Agreement, new Mission Statement, and studied Indivisible 2.0

Mar-now   Regularized meetings, normalized processes, identified tasks & responsibilities

Jan-June     Completely re-organized financial records, bank accounts, debit cards, Trulink account, etc.

Apr-June    Purchased curtains for Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Church for heat control

July-Dec     Revised newsletter and website, increased membership, sponsored actions and monthly mtgs

 

General Membership Meetings (*Live Streaming)

Mar 20       Indivisible Tacoma Rise and Run – Recruit candidates for 2019/20 & 2-year Birthday Party

 

May 1         *Julie Anderson, Pierce County Auditor -Impact & Implementation -New WA Voting Laws

June 5         *Tacoma Liquid Natural Gas Plant: Environmental Benefit or Tragedy – 350Tacoma.org Bradley Thompson and Dan Villa

July 10        Disinformation Watch & Progressive Voters Guide – FUSE WA Desiree Wilkins Finch,

July 15        Indivisible Tacoma Picnic at Kobayashi Park in UP

July 30/31  Democratic Presidential Debate Watch and Potluck with 350 Tacoma, 311 Puyallup Ave

Aug 21        *Rep. Denny Heck Town Hall with Indivisible Tacoma over 120 attendees

Sept 11       *Green New Deal & Climate Strike Panel: Sunrise Movement Erin Rasmussen, 350Tacoma                    with Dan Villa and Grace Hope, Port of Tacoma Commission Candidate Kristin Ang

Oct 9           Canvassing Training and Action 4PM and Local Candidate Meet and Greet 7PM

Nov 13        *Immigration Rights and Policy Panel:  Rus Batton, NW Immigrant Rights Project, Jo Anne                  Geron, AIDNW, and Maru Mora Vallalpandu, La Resistencia

Dec 11        *Indivisible WA Podcasts for 2020:  Stephan Cox, Indivisible Broadcaster, Issaquah

 

Legislative/Election Actions

Jan 3           Indivisible National Day of Action to Celebrate 2018 Elections: US House & WA State Legislature, and local elections assisted by Indivisible efforts in Pierce County.  IT/IP met with staff of Kilmer, Cantwell, Murray, and Heck on the Indivisible Offense 2.0 agenda.

Jan 15         Election Congratulations & present the 2019 IT Legislative Agenda: in Olympia offices of          WA Reps. Kilduff and Leavitt, LD28, Reps. Morgan and Kirby, LD 29.

Feb 15        First WA Indivisible Lobby Day in Olympia – IT Members and WA Indivisibles training                           and meetings with State Representatives and Senators or their staffs in Olympia

Jan-Mar      Organized active participation to influence WA State Legislation (per Indivisible on Offense) – see list of WA Legislation passed with help of IT and IP – back page

Jan-Dec      MOC (Member of Congress) meetings with staff or MOCs (Heck, Kilmer, Cantwell, Murray)

Jan-Dec      MOWL (WA Leg) mtgs (Kilduff, Leavitt, Morgan, Kirby, Jinkins, Oban, Fey, Darneille)

June 22      Ripple Effect: Pierce County Rising Collaboration – PC Dems canvassing Pierce County

Aug 7          Joined WA Fair Trade Assn mtg with Rep. Denny Heck staff, Olympia office re NAFTA 2.0

May-Aug    Endorsement participants in LD27, 28, 29, Pierce Cty Dems, FUSE WA in 2019 elections

July-Nov     Canvassing & phone-calling for local candidates w Indivisible values: Primaries & General

Sept            IT Endorsement process for local elections

Oct-Nov     Canvassing, phone-calling for Kristin Ang and other local progressive candidates

Nov-Dec     Develop 2020 WA State Legislative Agenda

Dec             Plan Bob Ferguson Presentation and 2020 Election Actions

GO4Action Rallies/Protests (National, State, Local)

Jan 3           Indivisible National Day of Action at MOC offices

Jan 19         Women’s March – Olympia Capital

Mar 15       Joined Global Youth Climate Strike at Wright Park

Apr 17        Denny Heck Town Hall – Eastside Community Center

April            Rally to Release the Mueller Report

May 21       Stop the Bans!  National Day of Action with Planned Parenthood

June 15      The People’s Court Impeach Trump rally!

July 2          Close the Camps Protest @ Kilmer’s Downtown Tacoma office

July 12/14  Lights for Liberty support at Northwest Detention Center

Sept 9         Border to Border:  Defund Hate Banner to gather signatures from Canada to Mexico

Aug-Oct     Weekly Actions: Sign Wave for Gun Safety, Voter Writing, Impeachment Actions

Nov/Dec    Impeachment Support Rallies

Voter Registration and Engagement (Registered 705 Voters in 2018)

Feb-Aug     Learn new Voter Registration Laws and Regulations. Recruit and assign people for outreach to schools and colleges. Work to develop strategies for voter engagement post registration.

May 21       PLU, Women’s Think Tank Meeting on Voter Registration.

2018-now  Attend community events, fairs, rallies to register voters/engage voters. Regular attendance at libraries for voter registration.Plan for voter registration events 2020 – Identifying locations for booths, etc.

 

Technology and Communications

Jan-now     Weekly Mailchimp Newsletter for IT and related events and reports. Monitor and Administer all Social Media: FB pages, website, incoming email, twitter, Live Streaming of General Meetings, Building audiences in all communication, website, social media accounts. Refresh and reconfigure Indivisible Tacoma website   

Letters, Testimonies, and Pledges

May            IT and Members take the Indivisible 2020 Pledge

Aug             Letter to Rep. Denny Heck to express our displeasure at his Republican endorsements/support

Aug 26        Testimony to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency against the final permit for the LNG plant at the Port of Tacoma.  Signed NO LNG letter with other Pierce County and State orgs.

Sept            Signed the DNC Climate Change Debate Letter with other national organizations

Oct              Signed with other organizations to Close the Northwest Detention Center!

 

Indivisible National, WA State Indivisible Coalition (WASIC), and CD10

Jan-now   Register IT Events with National Indivisible – Go4Action Chair

April          Conducted IT survey on Preferences and Views on National Presidential Endorsements

Mar-Dec    CD10 and WASIC meetings involvement (face to face, Zoom, email, phone, surveys)

Oct 2019    WASIC conference in Ellensburg

 

Membership and Outreach

Jan-now     Rebuild comprehensive membership list, Approve online members, invite to join a team. Phone individual members to listen to concerns, invite to events, Greet people at events.

Sept 2019  Increased members on FB to over 1700, increased members on Mailchimp to 1,101 contacts

 

Appendix A: Key WA State Legislature Bills Passed 2019 (with active IT and IP help)

 

2018 Victories = Legislation:  IT & IP helped flip CD8, elect excellent candidates to the WA Supreme Court, LD28, Pierce County Prosecutor, Pierce County Council, Tacoma Municipal judges, and pass key Initiatives.    With a greater percentage of State Senators/Reps to support our values, we worked for WA State legislation!

 

Trifectas:     WA State became a Democratic trifecta in 2017 when Ind Tac helped flip LD 45 Senate seat to Manka Dinghra.  Before 2018, Democrats controlled 8 states and Republicans 26.  After 2018 elections, Democrats had trifectas in 14 states and Republicans in 22 states.  Where Democrats have a trifecta, State legislation can have a huge impact on the state and nationally.  (Ex. Presidential Popular Vote movement, car emission standards, etc.)

 

Voting:  WA State Dem Party: A primary will determine delegates to the national convention.

  • WA State Primary moved to second Tues. March (10th) in 2020, 15th primary in the nation.
  • Native American Voting Rights Act of WA
  • 5207: Notification of felony voting rights and restoration.
  • 1379: PAC Transparency:  Must reveal donors. (Fix Democracy First & LWV)

 

Healthcare:

  • Public Option for Healthcare: creates Cascade Care, a state-funded subsidized health plan managed by regulated insurance companies by 2021.
  • 5602: Reproductive Health Access for All: for low-income adults regardless of status or gender identity/expression.
  • 1016: Hospital notification of availability of sexual assault evidence kit collection.

 

Environmental bills:

  • 5116: 100% Clean Electricity: establishes target dates for coal plant shutdown by 2025 and carbon neutral electricity by 2030.  Must watch out for utilities to avoid being held to these dates.
  • 1112: Hydrofluorocarbons phaseout.
  • 5135: Toxic Pollution:  Allows Depts of Ecology and Health to initiate regulation of toxics and products harmful to children and endangered species (including orcas).
  • Orca Task Force bills – Shoreline protection, oil tanker spill protection (1578), vessel separation (5577), and whale watching limitations passed. $ in budget to implement Orca Recovery (salmon)
  • 1543: Sustainable recycling.
  • 1444: Increasing Appliance Efficiency Standards
  • 1114: Reducing food waste to fight hunger and reduce environmental impacts.

Human Rights:

  • I-1000: Reinstate Affirmative Action passed by the WA State Legislature.
  • 5479: Immigrants in the Workplace: allows local law enforcement to focus on local issues, not federal immigration.
  • 1166 Rape kit backlog, timeline, notification, extension of statute of limitations. (Budget still)
  • 5356: Establish a WA State LGBT Commission
  • 5689: Anti-bullying in public schools 
  • 1440: Tenant Rights: Longer notice for rent increases
  • 1706: Eliminating subminimum wage certificates for persons with disabilities.
  • 5438: Funding the H-2A temporary agricultural program for employer abuse investigations
  • 5163: Actions for Wrongful Injury or Death so single adults treated equally with other adults.
  • 5995: Economics:  WA Investment Trust

 

Crime:

  • Corporate Crime Act: Increases allowable penalties for corporations that have committed crimes.  Previously, they could not be assessed more than $10,000.  (Pelliciotti bill LD
  • 1739: Concerning printed plastic firearms that are undetectable or untraceable.

 

 

 

Indivisible Tacoma Report 2017 & 2018

  

  1. Hundreds of IT members have participated in rallies, protests, vigils, to support the Mueller investigation, single payer universal health care, immigrant rights and families, science, and oppose racism, sexism, ICE, fossil fuels & the LNG plant, the selling of public lands, etc.
  2. Campaign to Save the ACA (Obamacare): letters, calls, postcards, meetings, protests.
  3. NWDC Resistance Bond Fundraiser: led to release of one person & recycled for others.
  4. MOC (Members of Congress) meetings with Members or their staff regularly (every 4-10 weeks): Rep. Denny Heck, Rep. Derek Kilmer, Senator Patty Murray, Senator Maria Cantwell

MOC Letters:  Research conducted on pressing issues; Letters with ASKS on progressive issues   signed by the 6-24 people attending each MOC meeting.  Written Responses requested.

  1. MOWL (Members of the WA Legislature) 1-3 Meetings with MOWLS in each LD 27, 28, 29
  2. 2018 Voter Registration: Voter Education and Engagement conducted a Voter Registration Campaign that:
  • Directly trained IT members in voter registration at a well-attended meeting
  • Developed voter registration materials and provided start-up kits
  • Organized 55 voter registration events at local libraries, foodbanks, colleges, festivals, and the Islamic Center in 2018, staffed by 49 Indivisible Tacoma members.
  • Registered over 700 voters
  • Built simple on-line sign-up system supported by email notifications to interested parties
  1. 2018 Elections – Candidate Forums, Door knocking, phone calling, GOTV (Get Out the Vote):

Indivisible Tacoma leadership endorsed and hosted a forum for Justice Steve Gonzalez for WA State Supreme Court and Mary Robnett for Pierce County Prosecutor.  The IT Legislative Action Team organized a well-attended Legislative Candidate Forum with seven candidates for local LDs and judge races.  We mentored and supported numerous Indivisible Tacoma Members to put in thousands of hours on the following campaigns:

              US Senate:  Maria Cantwell                                                                             Elected

              US Congress:  Denny Heck & Derek Kilmer                                                  Elected

              LD25:  Jamie Smith and Brian Duthie for State Reps                                 Defeated but engaged voters             

              LD28:  Mari Leavitt and Christine Kilduff for State Reps                           Elected

              Kilduff                                                                                                                 Re-elected                 

              Leavitt                                                                                                                  flipped Incumbent Republican seat 

              LD29:  Melanie Morgan for State Rep                                                            Won primary over Sawyer (D) & Opponent (R)

              CD8:      Kim Schrier for Congress                                                                   Flipped strong R District

              Justice Steve Gonzalez for re-election to WA State Supreme Court         Re-elected

              Mary Robnett, Non-Partisan, for Pierce County Prosecutor                        Elected over incumbent (D)

              Karl Williams for Pierce County District 6                                                       Elected

              Lizanne Padula for Pierce County District 3                                                   Elected

              Initiative 1631: Carbon Tax (fossil fuels companies opposed $30 million) Failed

              Initiative 1639:  Gun Safety                                                                                  Passed

              Initiative 904:  Police training and accountability                                            Passed

              Pierce County Library Levy Lift                                                                            Passed

              Opposed Initiative 1634:  Prevent local taxes on soda (by companies)       Passed

  1. 2018 Allyship and Diversity Team facilitated workshops on allyship and inclusion.

              TaNeashia Sudds from Black Moms Rock on Inclusive Messaging and Language
              Kellie Richardson, Tacoma’s Poet Laureate, moderated local candidate forum  
              Black Kettle Social on healthcare, police brutality, Russian interference and Northwest Detention Center

              Crowdfunded a member facing homelessness
              Soul Food Social at Uncle Thurm’s on white supremacy, racial justice, and the potential for reparations. 
              12 Days of NWDC Resistance December 2017 where we:

              (A) raised $1500 for immigrant detainees basic needs; 

              (B) raised $1500 for bail bond fund for detainees at     

              (C) increased awareness about conditions inside the NWDC (D) holiday gift drive for of detainee families

              (E) used music and art to show detainees and families that their neighbors are aware and compassionate

  1. IT Events were shared widely through live-streaming, thanks to our technical people.

 

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