Indivisible Tacoma Meets with Rep. Denny Heck’s Staff

Indivisible Tacoma Meets with Rep. Denny Heck’s Staff

Summary of Meeting with Rep. Denny Heck’s Staff on March 28, 2019, in Lakewood

12 members of Indivisible Tacoma gathered to meet with Rep. Denny Heck’s staff at his Lakewood office on March 28, 2019. We had different people present our agenda items to District Director Phil Gardner. Each of our speakers brought their own stories, information, or passion to their talks and made a strong impact.

Back in January, when the Democrats took back the House, we met with Gardner with a short wish list. We asked Heck to support HR 1 for electoral reform, a Green New Deal, Single Payer, and more White House investigations.

Now, we’ve added a few things to our list, including:

  • Investigations and Mueller Report
  • Disaster Relief for Puerto Rico and California
  • Now War in Yemen
  • Healthcare: Single Payer
  • Cannabis Reform

We also planned on asking for a Town Hall, but Phil Gardner says there’s one coming up on April 17th. We’ll tell you the exact time and place when we learn more.

Congrats on Your League of Conservation Voters Rating on Environmental Issues. Now, How About a Green New Deal?

IT members thanked Rep. Denny Heck’s staff for his work and his voting record on environmental issues. He received a high rating from the League of Conservation Voters on a variety of environmental issues. In 2018, he scored 94 percent and his overall score is 97 percent.

IT members told Phil we’d like him to support The Green New Deal.

We mentioned that he had not signed on to the Save the Internet, net neutrality bill, which apparently is an oversight because he supports it. Phil said he’d contact the DC office to make sure Denny gets signed on to the bill.

No War in Yemen

With regard to U.S. involvement in Yemen, we asked that Denny reject Republicans’ procedural maneuvers using MITs to keep it from passing. Phil explained what they had done and assured us it will pass the House again.

Thanks for Supporting Medicare Buy-In at 50. Now, How About Single Payer?

As usual, we brought up our support of universal healthcare and urged him to sign on to Rep. Jamila Jayapal (D-7)’s single-payer health care bill. Phil explained (again) that Denny has some concerns about that particular bill, but has co-sponsored a Medicare buy-in at 50 bill. He is also looking closely at another bill called Medicare for America. We talked about the awfulness of the possibility of the court overturning the ACA and the Republican’s “astounding lack of a plan.” Phil told us that the two Democratic caucuses all want to head in the direction of healthcare for all.

We asked if the House has any ability to do anything about the tax bill passed last year. Sadly, Phil told us that at this point there’s not much we can do. At least not until we elect a new president and put Democrats in control of the U.S. Senate.

Release the Mueller Report

We discussed the work of the House Intelligence Committee which Denny is on. Phil told us about the attack on Adam Schiff and outlined what they believe Barr and the Republican’s strategy regarding Mueller’s report is, which is to leak it out over long periods so the total impact of it is minimized. It will most likely end up in a court fight.

Thanks for Supporting Cannabis Reform

Phil Gardner told us the Cannabis Reform bill just moved out of Congress and has support from both parties. Denny supported it and also eventually getting cannabis moved to a schedule 1 drug and eliminating problems for people in states where it is legal but get into trouble due to federal law. One of our members told a story about a woman losing refugee status because of this issue.

Disaster Relief for Puerto Rico and California

We asked what recourse Congress has for money allocated for the disaster relief funds Individual #1 has refused to send for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the wildfires in California. Phil told us that during Nixon’s reign the “Impoundment Act” passed which made it illegal for the administration to not spend money allocated by Congress. However, as with many things, this administration is ignoring the law. Again, this will probably end up in the courts.

Special Education and the Special Olympics

We asked about the latest budget issues, i.e. DeVos’ cutting of special education and the Special Olympics. Phil assured us that DeVos and the administration can only put forward budget requests but it is Congress that makes the decision. He indicated that Congress is fairly bipartisan regarding education and he thinks more money will actually be allocated for Special Olympics than in the past.

Rep. Denny Heck’s Staff: Town Hall on April 17

Phil affirmed that Denny will be holding a Town Hall in the evening of April 17 in Pierce County, but an exact time and venue has not been confirmed. He will let us know as soon as it is and we will put that on the Events Calendar. We asked about having Denny speak to IT during the summer recess and he said Denny will be home for 6 weeks starting in August, so we can try to plan for that. We also asked what we can do to help and he said emailing and calling about what we agree (or disagree) with and right now personal stories about the ACA or other healthcare issues.

We left Phil with a letter signed by all present which highlighted what we discussed as well as additional topics. The letter requests a written response.

General Meeting, Actions, Events, MoC Meetings, and More

General Meeting, Actions, Events, MoC Meetings, and More

Greetings, Indivisibles. We’ve got a full week ahead with our General Meeting (and second birthday celebration), a website update, town hall meetings with our state legislators, this week’s actions, and upcoming meetings with our members of Congress (MoCs).

In This Post…

  • Indivisible Tacoma – General Meeting and 2nd Birthday Celebration
  • Where’d Our Website Go?
  • Town Hall Meetings with Our State Legislators
  • This Week’s Actions
  • Upcoming Meetings with Our Members of Congress (MoCs)

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Meeting Reminder! Written on a PostIt note.

Indivisible Tacoma General Meeting TODAY (Weds.)

  • Reports from our team leads on all the great stuff we’re doing.
  • Upcoming meetings with our members of Congress
  • Info on Rise and Run! An exciting new program for progressives who want to run for public office.
  • 2nd birthday celebration with cake.

Weds. March 20, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation. 1115 South 56th Street, Tacoma.

Reserve Your Free Ticket!

Tickets are free, but we need to know how many are coming, so please reserve your free ticket!

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We’re Having Technical Difficulties: Please Stand By

In case you’re wondering why our website has vanished… We are having some technical difficulties, so please stand by. But we’ll be back soon with a new look, a new URL, and we’ll be gradually adding new features.

We’ll also be making it easier for non-techies to post on the site. Hopefully, that’ll mean more volunteers contributing, and more news, updates, and actions as we get ready to take back the White House and the U.S. Senate in 2020.

We also want to thank Justin Haight for building the old site and keeping it running perfectly for the past two years.

Our new address is: IndivisibleTacoma.Net.

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Actions for this Week

Calling District 28!

NARCAN availability in schools. If you’re in the 28th Legislative District, please call State Sen. Steve O’Ban (28th District) at (253) 358-9283 and ask him to prioritize 2SHB1039.
It’s important because O’Ban is on the Senate Committee on Health and Long-term Care. Here’s the script.
“Hi, I am calling to ask Senator________ to please prioritize the passage of  2SHB1039, out of the Senate Health Long Term Care Committee with a do pass recommendation.  1039 is a direct response to the opioid overdose epidemic in our state.   The antidote, when administered in time, saves lives.  The availability of this antidote in our schools, from Kindergarten all the way through and our institutions of higher learning, is essential to prevent death in the precious moments after an overdose.  Thank you.”

Please also ask him to pass SHB1870 so provisions of the Affordable Care Act become state law.


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Call Your Members of Congress!

Ask your members of Congress to stand firm on ending Trump’s fake emergency, protect Dreamers, reject our illegal war in Yemen, support a Green New Deal and hold a markup on the Paycheck Fairness Act, and reject any Motions to Recommit.

Call the Capitol Hill Switchboard to get connected to your members of Congress! (202) 224-3121

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Townhall Meetings with Your State Reps & Senators

27th District

Rep. Laurie Jinkins, Rep. Jake Fey, Sen. Jeannie Darneille
Sat. March 23, 10:00 a.m. – Noon
Eastside Community Center
1721 E. 56th St. Tacoma

28th District

Rep. Mari Leavitt
Rep. Christine Kilduff
Sat. March 23, 10:00 a.m. – Noon
Dupont Civic Center
1700 Civic Drive, Dupont

Call State Sen. Steve O’Ban and say you’d love to see him at  the town hall meeting (253) 358-9283

29th District

Rep. Melanie Morgan
Sen. Steve Conway
Saturday, March 23, 10:00 a.m. – Noon
Bates S. Campus Auditorium
2201 S. 78th St. Tacoma

Call State Rep. Steve Kirby and say you’d love to see him at the town hall meeting (360) 786-7996.


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Members of Congress (Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty murray and Reps. Derek Kilmer and Denny Heck.

Upcoming Meetings with Our Members of Congress (MoCs)

If you’d like to receive updates and/or more information from the Legislative Action Committee, please email us at

  • Meetings with Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray:  Thursday
    March 26, 4:00 p.m. at  950 Pacific Ave # 615, Tacoma. Please arrive at 3:45 p.m. so we can sign letters and go over the agenda.
  • Meeting with Rep. Denny Heck (10th District): Thursday, March 28, 3:45 p.m. at Lakewood City Hall on Main Street. First, we’ll meet in the downstairs lobby to sign letters. Then we’ll go upstairs and meet with Denny Heck’s staff.
  • Rep. Derek Kilmer (6th District): We don’t have a date yet, but it’ll likely be in April. In the meantime, please email or call him with the script below.
We’ll keep you posted. For more info, please email: