Fighting Disinformation ? in Elections

Fighting Disinformation ? in Elections

Let’s talk about one of our nation’s greatest threats: Disinformation. Since childhood, teachers and other adults in our lives have sung the glories of our “Free Press.” But how free is it, really?

Disinformation in U.S. elections is rampant, and it’s not just the Russians. We know the White House and Fox News are always hard at work spinning a tangled, sticky web of lies. But we also absorb an endless barrage of untruths and half-truths from sources we trust.

Where Does Disinformation Come From?

Sometimes they come from the well-meaning friend or family member who shares stirring stories of dubious provenance on social media. But more often, they come from our major news outlets. They utter no outright falsehoods, of course. Yet they steer the conversation in subtle ways.

For instance, they give climate change deniers air time, which lends weight to their views. They show yearbook photos for white teenage crime suspects and mugshots for teenage crime suspects of color. Popular programs that exist successfully in every modern nation except ours — like Single Payer healthcare, green energy initiatives, tuition-free education, paid family leave, and a living minimum wage — are routinely dismissed as “too expensive,” “unrealistic,” or — heaven forbid! — “Socialist.”

So how do we educate and prepare ourselves, our loved ones, and our neighbors for disinformation in the upcoming elections? Desiree Williams Finch from FUSE Washington will give a talk on this at our upcoming General Meeting on Weds. July 10th.


In This Week’s Update…


What’s New

We’re all abuzz here with last week’s happenings. We held a well-attended rally to impeach Trump, joined the NWDC Resistance in a Father’s Day protest against family separation and immigrant detentions, and attended a jam-packed voter outreach gathering with Pierce County Democrats.

If Your Door’s a-Knockin’, ? Pierce County Democrats  ? Are a-Rockin’

House Democrats passed a slew of popular bills this year. Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) sits on them while watching his ratings sink lower and lower by the day. The Washington State Legislature’s been even busier, passing landmark legislation for a Public Option, Tribal Voting Rights, Orca Recovery, and 100% Clean Electricity by 2045. And, of course, Gov. Jay Inslee signed them. ? Thank you, Jay Inslee.

And There’s More Where That Came From…

Several of us from Indivisible Tacoma joined a jam-packed crowd at the IBEW 76 Hall for the Pierce County Democrats’ big outreach kickoff event. We’re not asking folks for their votes yet, but it’s never too early to start touching base. For now, it’s all about knocking on doors and making phone calls to chat with neighbors about what’s most important for our communities.

Desiree Williams Finch from FUSE Washington (The Progressive Voters’ Guide – front row, right ) gave a rousing speech on getting out the vote and getting all of us — including people of color and LGBTQ folks — onboard in our efforts to turn Pierce County Blue. Jaimie Smith (front row, second from right), a teacher from Puyallup’s LD 25, then talked about how doorbelling, phone calls, and postcards can make all the difference in a race. She ought to know. In a closely-fought race against Kelly Chambers, a formidable GOP incumbent, Smith, a novice, lost by just 611 votes. Several other folks running in local races also gave inspiring speeches.

We then split up and knocked on doors for a couple of hours. But instead of talking about the election, we asked about people want for themselves and our communities. Healthcare, housing, and helping the homeless emerged as top concerns. Neighbors also talked about everything from potholes to schools to jobs, transit, schools, climate change, and long commutes.

When we returned, Pierce County Democrats fed us lunch. Then Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-6) came by and regaled us with all the bills he and his fellow House Democrats passed this year.

The People’s Court Rules: It’s ⏰ Time to Impeach ? (Rally)

On Saturday, June 15, around 100 Indivisibles gathered at the U.S. District Courthouse in downtown Tacoma to demand the House impeach the GOP’s president. We were all in high spirits, did lots of protest chants, got lots of approving (and disapproving) honks from cars passing by, and so many of us had amazing signs. Thank you to all who turned out!

Here are some photos.

La Resistencia (NWDC Resistance) – Father’s Day Action

On father’s day, we get together with our dads and granddads to share gifts, fun, love, and memories. But some families can’t be together on this special day.

La Resistencia held an event to tell ICE and the for-profit GEO Group that owns the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) that Father’s Day should be spent at home with family and community – and NOT in prison! They held a rally to fundraise for Saja Tunkara, who, as described on the GoFundMe page,

“… was ripped away from his wife and two children and then deported after calling out the medical neglect and mistreatment of ICE and GEO. Saja is still in need of medical care. All funds will support him and his family.”

If you missed the event, you can still donate here:

Here are the photos:

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Save the Dates! Upcoming IT Meetings

Over the next couple of weeks, we’re having meetings for our Voter Registration team and Legislative Action team. Also, we’ve got our General Meeting with Desiree Williams Finch from Fuse and a fun and social picnic coming up.

Voter Registration and Engagement Meeting

Voter Registration 2020 Kickoff - Photo of "Vote" written on sidewalk with V formed by person standing with red white and blue sneakers.

The last day to vote for our local primary election is on August 6, 2019. And the 2020 contests will be here before you know it. We apologize for not getting this e-newsletter reminder out in time meeting. But you can still involved. Our state’s new voting laws make this an exciting time to get our friends, family, and neighbors registered to vote.

If you couldn’t come to the meeting but would like to be included in future activities, contact Nina Rook via our contact form and we’ll keep you in the loop.

Monday, June 24, 6:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
University Place Library Meeting Room
3609 Market Place West
University Place

At the Voter Registration and Engagement team meeting, we discussed the following:
  • Update on progress since last month’s successful kick-off
  • Plan registration activities over the summer
  • Plan how to support pre-registration in schools and colleges
  • Learn how to use IT’s dedicated MyVote voter registration link, and help people to register themselves online
  • Explore instances where paper registrations are better than online
  • Find ways to drive actual turnout. How do we get the ballot off the kitchen table and into the (free!) mail?

Do you — or someone you know — want to check and see if your registered to vote or if your information is current? If so, click our Register to Vote link. And once again, this is a super exciting time to get involved in getting voters registered for the 2019 local elections and the 2020 state and national elections.

Once again, because we can’t recommend this highly enough: If you’d like to get involved, contact Nina Rook via our contact form

Legislative Action Team Meeting

Image with colorful raised hands and talk balloons. Indivisible Tacoma - General Meeting, events, actions, and MoC Meetings.

Get involved in creating positive change by meeting with and contacting our members of Congress (MoCs), senators, and state lawmakers.

Monday, July 1, 6:00 p.m.
Lakewood Library
 6300 Wildaire Rd SW, Lakewood

27th LD Meeting with State Reps. Laurie Jinkins and Jake Fey

Photos of Wa. State Reps. Jake Fey and Laurie Jinkins for LD 27.

Washington State Reps. Jake Fey and Laurie Jinkins (D-27).

Tuesday, July 9th 2:00 p.m.
The Red Elm Cafe
1114 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma

Are you in the 27th legislative district (LD)? If so, join us for coffee and a meet and greet with our Washington State Reps. Laurie Jinkins and Jake Fey. They’ll tell us what’s going on in the state legislature and we’ll share our hopes and concerns.

July General Meeting ? Disinformation and Elections

Desiree Wilkins Finch from FUSE Washington.

With featured speaker Desiree Williams Finch from FUSE Washington
Pierce County and the Progressive Voters’ Guide

Weds. July 10, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation
1115 S 56th St Tacoma, WA 98408
Map with Directions.

Indivisible Tacoma Picnic

Monday, July 15th, 5:00 p.m.
Kobayashi Park
University Place (across the intersection for Fred Meyers on Bridgeport

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This Week’s Actions

The bad news is Donald Trump’s still in the White House. The good news is we can all resist and push for positive change no matter how much or little time we have this week. We’ll do it together, one action at a time. Need your rep.’s phone number? We’ve got ’em.

  1. Tell your member of Congress to vote NO on additional funding for Trump’s deportation machine. ⏏️
    Next week, the Democratic-controlled House will vote on a bill to provide additional funding to the Department of Homeland Security. The Senate will vote on its own bill, which will contain nearly $5 billion for DHS. We need our members of Congress to stand up and refuse to give Trump more money to terrorize communities and lock up families.
  2. Keep the pressure up on your MoC to open an impeachment inquiry. ?
    We need to make it clear that the momentum from the events on June 15 isn’t going to let up; call your MoC and tell them the time is now to open an impeachment inquiry (and when you’re done calling, submit a letter to the editor, write a note to your MoC, and record a video).
  3. Submit a video asking your question for the 2020 candidates!  ?
    We’ve set up a Soapboxx landing page so you and your members can create short videos about the presidential debates next week. We’ve created quick prompts for questions to ask before, during and right after the debates to ask the candidates. Share the Soapboxx page and invite your members to make their own video telling candidates what issues they want to hear about.
  4. Sign up to attend a debate watch party on June 26-27. ?
    Indivisibles across the country will be gathering on June 26 and 27 in living rooms, restaurants, and bars to cheer on our candidates and push for a nominee who truly represents our values. Find an event with your local Indivisible chapter today or host your own and invite your friends!

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Featured Events

Below are some upcoming events and happenings with our progressive allies. For more listings, check out our Calendar of Events.

26th LD Democrats Presidential Debate Nights at the IMAX

Wednesday, June 26 and Thursday, June 27, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Watch both nights of the 2019 Democratic Presidential Candidate Debates with your friends and neighbors on a giant 70 ft x 40 ft screen at the Gig Harbor Galaxy Uptown IMAX Theater.   Co-Sponsors: 26th Legislative District Democrats and 28th Legislative District Democrats Co-hosts: Pierce County Democratic Central Committee, Kitsap County Democratic Central Committee Tickets:

Race Matters Book Club

Wednesday, June 26⋅6:30 – 8:30pm
Monthly on the fourth Wednesday, until Jun 25, 2020
Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation
1115 S 56th St, Tacoma

Lights for Liberty Vigil

Friday July 12, 2019
7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Northwest Detention Center
1623 East J Street, Tacoma

On Friday, July 12th, 2019, Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps, will bring thousands of Americans to detention camps across the country, into the streets and into their own front yards, to protest the inhumane conditions faced by refugees.

Other key events are planned in Homestead, Fla.; San Diego, Calif., New York City at Foley Square, and Washington D.C. in front of the Capitol Building

350 Tacoma Open House

Sunday, July 14, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
311 Puyallup Avenue, Tacoma

Come down and join us as we celebrate our beautiful new headquarters and community space with an open house. We are thrilled about the endless possibilities this space offers and to have a home base to continue to grow a meaningful community centered on the climate movement in the South Puget Sound.

We will provide food, beverages, and music. This is a drop-in event, but at 3:50 p.m. Puyallup Tribal Council Member Tim Reynon will offer a blessing over the space and we will take a group photo to commemorate the event and celebrate our community.

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Tell Congress ? “Do Your JOB!” (& Come to Our 6/5 Meeting)

Tell Congress ? “Do Your JOB!” (& Come to Our 6/5 Meeting)

This week we’ve got our general meeting and some upcoming events with Indivisible Tacoma and our allies. Also, we need to call our members of Congress and demand that they start impeachment proceedings NOW.


☎️ Tell Our Reps to Do Their Damned Jobs! Start Impeachment Proceedings NOW!

Congress must use the full extent of its oversight and investigative powers to get the full truth and hold Trump accountable.

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The Mueller report confirms what we’ve always known: Trump abused his authority, violated the law, and tried repeatedly to obstruct justice. These are impeachable offenses. If Attorney General William Barr has proven anything, it’s that he’s a political operative whose priority is protecting Trump, not our democracy. It’s up to Congress to do what Barr will not.

With control of the House, Democrats should use their investigatory power to begin investigations into whether Donald Trump has committed crimes that would justify his impeachment. Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s resolution is a good step forward.

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General Meeting THIS Weds! LNG ? Benefit or ☠️ Tragedy?

Image for general meeting on the Tacoma Liquid Natural Gas Plant. Photo of rainbow over Port of Tacoma and tidal flats.

With featured speakers Daniel Villa from 350 Tacoma and Bradley Thompson from 350 Seattle.

Weds. June 5, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation
1115 S 56th St Tacoma, WA 98408
Map with Directions.

? July General Meeting: Disinformation and Elections

With featured speakers from FUSE Washington: Pierce County and the Progressive Voters’ Guide

Weds. July 10, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation
1115 S 56th St Tacoma, WA 98408
Map with Directions.

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Upcoming Events

Legislative Action Team Meeting

Tuesday, June 4
6:00-7:00 p.m.
University Place Public Library
3609 Market Pl W, University Place, Wash. 98466

From Mexican to Mexican-American: A Family Immigration Story

Events - from Mexican to Mexican American - Tahoma Unitarian Universalists Congregation event.

Friday, June 7, 2019
6:45 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation
1115 S 56th St, Tacoma, Washington 98408

Work Party at the Salt Marsh

Hosted by 350 Tacoma
Saturday, June 8
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
1747 Port of Tacoma Rd, Tacoma, Wash. 98421

Tacoma Ocean Fest 2019

Hosted by Tacoma Ocean Fest and Foss Waterway Seaport
Sunday, June 9, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Foss Waterway Seaport
705 Dock St, Tacoma, Wash. 98402

Tacoma DSA – June Socialist Sunday

Sunday, June 9, 2019
1:00 p.m.– 3:00 p.m.
Bluebeard Coffee Roasters
2201 6th Ave, Tacoma, Wash. 98403
It’s our monthly coffee get together! If you’re new to DSA or interested in getting involved, Socialist Sunday is one of our best places to do it!

Point Defiance Beach Cleanup

Saturday, June 15, 2019
9:00 a.m.– 12:00 p.m.
Point Defiance Marina
5912 N Waterfront Dr, Tacoma, Wash. 98407
Join other volunteers to make a difference in the health and cleanliness of our beach. Meet at the Point Defiance Marina at 9 am. This event occurs rain or shine! Beach cleanup events are held every 3rd Saturday at Point Defiance Marina.

Democratic Party: Voter Outreach Across Pierce County

Saturday, June 22, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
IBEW 76 – 3049 S. 36th St., Tacoma, Wash. 98409

Schedule for Voter Outreach Event

  • 10:00 a.m.: Doors open, social and refreshments
    with your local Democratic leaders
  • 10:45 a.m.: Panel Discussion – The Importance of Voter Contact!
  • Rising Star Volunteer Training – Deep Listening Canvassing 101
  • Get Active! – Team Up for Deep Listening Canvassing, Phone Banking, OR Postcard Outreach Campaign
  • 2:30 p.m.: Let’s Eat! – Light meal served by our elected leaders
  • Closing Remarks

Volunteers will be entered into a drawing for free tickets to the IMAX Presidential Debate Event (June 26 and 27) and other prizes. Get an extra chance to win for each friend you bring!

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Featured image: CC by A-SA 2.0 Medill DC via Flickr.

General Meeting 6/5: LNG ? Benefit or ☠️ Tragedy?

General Meeting 6/5: LNG ? Benefit or ☠️ Tragedy?

We’re ending spring with a bang as we gear up for summer and the 2020 election. Here’s what’s in this week’s newsletter.


Indivisible Tacoma General Meetings

? June: Tacoma Liquid Natural Gas Plant: Environmental Benefit or Tragedy?

With featured speakers Daniel Villa from 350 Tacoma and Bradley Thompson from 350 Seattle.

Weds. June 5, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation
1115 S 56th St Tacoma, WA 98408
Map with Directions.

? July: Disinformation and Elections

With featured speakers from FUSE Tacoma: Pierce County and the Progressive Voters’ Guide

Weds. July 10, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation
1115 S 56th St Tacoma, WA 98408
Map with Directions.


Learning from PLU’s Winning Gen Z Voter Registration Campaign

Meeting on Pacific Lutheran University (PLU)'s successful efforts at registering Gen Zers to vote.

Riley Dolan and Deanna Hobbs talking with Indivisible Tacoma’s Sue Schaeffer on registering Gen Z voters Photo: Nina Rook.

Think of 74 million Americans who are growing up with school shootings and climate change, who don’t remember the world before 9/11, who are more diverse than any previous generation, and who saw the loser of the popular vote take the White House in 2016.

Now, how do we get them to register to vote?

Last week seven of us from Indivisible Tacoma and the Tacoma Women’s Think Tank sat down with Riley Dolan and Deanna Hobbs from Pacific Lutheran University (PLU). This duo’s voter registration efforts were featured in Forbes, and they just won the Governor’s Student Voter Registration Challenge. Naturally, we wanted to find out what makes their campaign so successful.

Among their findings:

  • Show young people that other people their age register – they register when they see people like themselves
  • Make it social – turn registering and voting into a social event (We loved the idea of ballot parties in coffee shops!)
  • Show how small vote numbers swing the results of elections with major consequences
  • Focus on engagement as well as registration – they mailed students “pledge card” reminders as the ballots were arriving
  • Know your constituency – for instance, it does not make sense for an Alaskan student to register in Washington if this will cost them their Permanent Fund dividend; better register as an Alaska absentee voter

We thank Riley and Deanna, for giving us their time during a busy finals week.


Congratulations on Our Huge #StopTheBans Rally Turnout!

Wow. On Tuesday, May 21 at noon, nearly 200 of us came together at the U.S. District Courthouse in downtown Tacoma to protest harsh anti-choice laws in 15 states. This was part of a nationwide action to support freedom for women. We thank our members and progressive allies at 350 Tacoma, Indivisibles Puyallup and Gig Harbor, Red Berets Medicare for All, and others for this incredible turnout. And thank you, Damita O’Dell from our Events & Rallies team for organizing it.

Here are more photos from our Facebook feed.

? Congratulations! Our Actions Are Working ?

? Congratulations! Our Actions Are Working ?

Congratulations and thank you! Our actions are working. While the GOP-led Senate blocks the House’s many reforms, we’ve had major wins at the state level.

The Republican Party’s Coup of 2016 didn’t just come out of nowhere. They’ve spent over three decades quietly taking over state legislatures and passing “model legislation”… With help from Dark Money groups funded by well-heeled, right-wing extremist donors. But now, the tables are turning. In 2018, we won back the House and took back a few state governments. But we have a long way to go.

In Washington D.C., the House puts the brakes on Trump, but the GOP’s Senate still blocks the reforms we need. But, here in the state of Washington, it’s a different story. Boosting our majorities in 2018 has won us some major victories. Remember all those calls we made to our state reps and senators this year? And the Town Halls we went to back in January? They’re working.


Our Actions Get Results: Washington State Leads the Nation with Incredible New Reforms

Washington state is now leading the nation with some incredible and life-changing reforms.  This shows how our actions — when joined with actions from members of other progressive groups — can make a major impact. For starters, we’re the first state to pass laws for a Public Option and 100% Clean Electricity.

  • Cascade Care: We are now the first state that offers a Public Option. This creates state-funded subsidized health plans by 2121. Alas, for-profit “healthcare” companies remain in the mix, but it’s a start.
  • 100% Clean Electricity: We’re also the first state to pass a sweeping clean energy bill. Establishes target dates for coal plant shutdown by 2025 and carbon-neutral electricity by 2030. Last week, Gov. Jay Inslee also spoke out against Puget Sound Energy (PSE)’s liquid natural gas (LNG) plant.
  • Orca Task Force Measures: These laws put key recommendations by the Orca Task Force into law to protect our endangered orcas. These include funding for oil spill prevention, noise reduction for vessels, and restoring the chinook salmon supply.
  • Voting Rights:  The Native American Voting Rights Act of Washington removes barriers to voting and expands access to drop boxes so more people on tribal lands can vote.

This is exactly why Indivisible U.S. now wants us (and chapters across the country) to begin building power at the state level. By joining our efforts to those of local and statewide groups, we can create positive change.


Also in this Newsletter:


Upcoming General Meetings for Indivisible Tacoma

We’ve got some great speakers for our June and July meetings on the issues affecting us here in Tacoma, as well as across the country, and what actions we can take.

Photo of double-rainbow over the Port of Tacoma. Do we need PSE's liquid natural gas plant in our future?

Photo: CC BY-SA 2.0 Brandon Koch via Flickr.

JUNE: Tacoma Liquid Natural Gas Plant: Environmental Benefit or Tragedy?

With featured speakers from 350 Tacoma and 350 Seattle.

Weds. June 5, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation
1115 S 56th St Tacoma, WA 98408
Map with Directions.

JULY: Disinformation and Elections

With featured speakers from FUSE Tacoma: Pierce County and the Progressive Voters’ Guide

Weds. July 10, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation
1115 S 56th St Tacoma, WA 98408
Map with Directions.

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Our Actions for This Week

The 2019 session has ended for our State Legislature, so our actions for the week are focused on Washington D.C. Please call your members of Congress in support of the following:

  • Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s Impeachment Resolution,
  • Passing a strong Dream and Promise act to protect our immigrants.
  • Opposing the GOP’s imminent war on Iran.
  • Bringing down drug prices.


Composite image with an imp, peach, and some mint.

Time to support Rep. Tlaib’s resolution for starting an investigation for the impeachment of the GOP’s president. No imps were harmed in this visualization of the author‘s bad puns.

?Demand Your Member of Congress (MoC) Support Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s Impeachment Resolution (H.R. 257)

Whether it’s his actions to obstruct the Mueller investigation or his demands that members of his administration stonewall Congressional investigations, Trump has committed acts that should be addressed in an impeachment investigation.

☎️ Call Your Rep.

Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-6) 253-272-3515 | Rep. Adam Smith (D-9) 425-793-5180 | Rep. Denny Heck (D-10) 253-533-8332 | Rep. Kim Schrier (R-8) 202-225-7761

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Hello, my name is [YOUR NAME] and I am from [CITY/STATE]. I’m calling Rep. [NAME] to urge them to support impeachment hearings immediately and demand that they cosponsor Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s resolution (H.Res. 257) that would instruct the Judiciary Committee to begin investigating whether Trump should be impeached.

? Write a Letter

Indivisible U.S. also makes it super-easy to Write a letter to your MoC. Simply follow the link, fill out the form, and they’ll send the letter for you. It’s as simple as that!

Protect our Immigrants! Photo of protesters with sign with monarch butterfly and "Immigration is Beautiful."

? Tell your MoC to Pass a Strong Dream and Promise Act

Family separations happen every day in the U.S. — not just at the border.  Dreamers and TPS holders remain at risk of deportation due to Trump’ elimination of protections for these groups. This bill would provide permanent relief to Dreamers, TPS holders, and DED holders. Read more here.

The House Judiciary has scheduled a “markup” of the Dream and Promise Act (H.R. 6) for May 8, where they will make substantive changes to the bill. There is a real risk that the Committee will severely weaken the bill by narrowing the eligibility rules. If they do so, it would mean fewer Dreamers and TPS holders getting the permanent relief they deserve.

Call your MoC and tell them you want them to pass a strong H.R. 6 bill — without watering it down.

☎️Call Your Rep.

Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-6) 253-272-3515 | Rep. Adam Smith (D-9) 425-793-5180 | Rep. Denny Heck (D-10) 253-533-8332 | Rep. Kim Schrier (R-8) 202-225-7761

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Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [PART OF STATE]. I’m calling to ask [MoC] to vote for H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act, and to commit to rejecting any amendments in committee or on the floor that would narrow the eligibility rules.

The Dream and Promise Act would provide permanent relief from the threat of deportation to Dreamers, TPS holders, and DED holders. Trump has tried to use these communities as leverage against Democrats to force them to pay for his wall or otherwise expand his deportation machine. Democrats must fight back by extending protections to these people, many of whom have lived here their entire lives — and who would face serious threats of violence or death if they were forced to return to their country of origin. That includes rejecting any amendments that would narrow the eligibility rules.

Will [MoC] commit to voting for this legislation, and voting against any amendments that would narrow the eligibility rules?

? More Info

For more info on the Dream and Promise Act, click here.

? Tell Your MoCs: No New War in Iran!

Donald Trump and his war cabinet seem to be itching for a new war with Iran. First, the Trump administration violated the Iran nuclear deal. Then, they mounted an Iraq War-style campaign to prime the public. Now, they’re trying to provoke a reaction from Iran. Learn more here.

For those who recall the lead-in to the Iraq War, this all probably feels pretty familiar. But history must not repeat itself. It’s essential that Congress use its powers to stop this march to war.

Congress needs to hear from you today. Congress must deny Trump the authority to start a new war with Iran. Tell your members of Congress (MoCs) to co-sponsor H.R. 2354 / S. 1039 to explicitly deny him this authority!

☎️Call Your Senators & Rep.

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Hello, I’m a constituent from [part of state] and I’m very concerned about the possibility of a new war with Iran.

Trump foolishly violated the nuclear deal and put it in danger of falling apart, even though Iran was complying and it was keeping us all safer. Now John Bolton and the war cabinet are escalating tensions. It feels a lot like Iraq War 2.0.

Will [MoC] co-sponsor [H.R. 2434/S.1039] and issue a public statement urging diplomacy, not war with Iran? I will be closely watching for [MoC]’s actions on this and following up.

Big Pharma bros in suits shaking hands with medications in the background.

? Act Now to Bring Down Drug Prices!

Rep. Lloyd Doggett’s bill, H.R. 1046, would guarantee that Medicare could negotiate prices for all drugs while protecting patient’s access to their medications. This bill has the support of huge majorities of the public, along with co-sponsorships from every corner of the Democratic caucus, yet House Democratic leadership is working with the White House on bad proposals that would delegate the authority to make a final call on drug prices to unaccountable, third-party arbitrators.  Make sure your MoC knows that the Doggett bill is the best option for bringing drug prices down.

☎️Call Your Rep.

Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-6) 253-272-3515 | Rep. Adam Smith (D-9) 425-793-5180 | Rep. Denny Heck (D-10) 253-533-8332 | Rep. Kim Schrier (R-8) 202-225-7761

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Hi! My name is <NAME>, and I’m calling from <PART OF STATE>.

I’m calling to urge <MoC> to co-sponsor H.R. 1046, Rep. Doggett’s Medicare Negotiation and Competitive Licensing Act because it will bring down our obscenely high drug prices while protecting patients’ access to critical medicines.

We need to give Medicare the ability to negotiate drug prices, but that new power must be paired with the appropriate leverage so that drug companies can’t continue gouging patients. Rep. Doggett’s bill, which uses competitive licenses as a “backstop” if drug companies refuse to come to the table, is the strongest proposal out there. I’ve heard that there may be another bill coming that would use arbitration instead, and that isn’t good enough. We need to put drug companies’ monopolies in the crosshairs — not people’s access to medicine

Will <MoC> commit to rejecting an approach that uses arbitration to bring down drug prices, and to co-sponsoring H.R. 1046, the Medicare Negotiation and Competitive Licensing Act?

? More Info

For more info on Rep. Doggett’s Medicare Negotiation and Competitive Licensing Act, click here.

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Upcoming Events with Our Allies

Fossil Fuel Free 253: Speak Up at Tacoma City Council

Hosted by Protect Tacoma’s Tideflats and Citizens for a Healthy Bay

  • Final Reading of Ordinance: Tideflats Interim Regulation Extension: Tuesday, May 21 5:00 p.m.- 7:30

Tacoma Municipal Building
747 Market St, Tacoma, Washington 98402


The City of Tacoma, with its partners the Puyallup Tribe and the Port of Tacoma, are working on a Subarea Plan for Tacoma’s Tideflats, which will establish rules for economic development and environmental review (and hopefully permanently bans fossil fuels) in the Port of Tacoma. In November of 2017, Tacoma City Council passed interim regulations pausing new fossil fuel development during the Tideflats Subarea Planning Process.

These interim regulations must be renewed by Tacoma City Council every six months. If you believe Tacoma’s future must be fossil fuel free so we can reduce our city’s carbon footprint in this era of rapid climate change, we need you to speak at these three city council meetings. We need all our voices.

Before each city council meeting, at 4:15 pm, we will be meeting in the lobby outside of council chambers to discuss strategy, help each other write our comments, and get in the sign-up line early. Please join us if you can. If you have any questions or would like to receive talking points to help you write your public comment, please contact Kenny Coble (

350 Tacoma General Meeting

Weds. May 15, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
311 Puyallup Ave. Tacoma, Wash. 98421

Join them in their new space. They’ll start off with a plant-based potluck and then talk about what’s going on and how to get involved. if you’re new, come at 5:30 to learn more about what they do.

Kristin Ang for Port Commissioner 5 Campaign Kickoff

Weds. May 15, 5:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.
Asia Pacific Cultural Center
4851 S Tacoma Way, Tacoma, Washington 98409

(Please note, we’re not endorsing her, we’re just letting you know about her event)

The Black Fantastic Hosted by Brown Better

Friday 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
The Tacoma Arts Community Center
1102 South 11th Street, Tacoma, Washington 98405

Building on the success of 2018’s Summer SOULstice, former poet laureate Kellie Richardson is planning an event centered on celebrating the Black bodies, Black joy and the Black imagination. “The Black Fantastic” is a 3 hour experience honoring the brilliance and influence of Black bodies throughout history. The space will be a catalyst for joy and healing in the Black community with presentations from Black leaders, artists and innovators. The event will feature an opening blessing, musical performance, interactive healing stations, and an art exhibit; all for the love of Black bodies.

This space is centered on Black folx, but all are welcome with the understanding that there will be ZERO TOLERANCE for anti-Blackness, xenophobia, transphobia, homophobia, ableism, sexism, misogynoir, slut shaming, body shaming, or racism of any kind.

The space welcomes all ages however, there will be adult material shared/exhibited, so parents/guardians use your judgment. No childcare will be provided.

This event is free thanks to the generosity of Breathe Healing.

2019 Tacoma Shoreline Survey

Hosted by: The Ikkatsu Project
Saturday, May 18th, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Les Davis Pier
3427 Ruston Way, Tacoma, WA 98402
A one-day beach survey and cleanup that covers the entire 13-mile shoreline of the city of Tacoma. A meeting of citizen science and basic good stewardship, seeking volunteers.
To register:

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Shout Outs

Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) Resistance

This is to give a shout out to the NWDC Resistance here in Tacoma. There’s only one good thing about this monstrosity of a for-profit prison here in Tacoma… It gives us the unique ability to support detainees and their families while we protest the cruel way our nation treats immigrants.

The NWDC Resistance donates supplies, sets detainees up with pen pals, coordinates events, outreach and protests, and more. To see how you can help, visit their website at

Citizen Tacoma

We encourage you to listen to this podcast with Candice Ruud.

These and other podcasts can tell us more about local issues here in Tacoma, and inform our actions moving forward.

Regular citizens CAN get involved at all levels of government. Through interviews with decision makers, candidates for office, and political activists, we hope to inspire YOU to take action. Citizen Tacoma is a podcast about local government in the City of Destiny. With Jenny Jacobs (host) and Doug Mackey (sound/commentary), with support from Erik Hanberg (the Alec Baldwin of Tacoma podcasts), Marguerite Giguere (pod auntie), and Mary Holste (cover art).

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?Don’t Miss Out! General Meeting & County Auditor on New Voting Laws

?Don’t Miss Out! General Meeting & County Auditor on New Voting Laws

Greetings, fellow Indivisibles! We’re excited about our General Meeting this Wednesday and hope you can come. Julie Anderson, Auditor for Pierce County, will be joining us to talk about our state’s new voting laws going into 2020. Also, we have just ONE DAY left for our April Matching Challenge fundraiser (we’re almost there). Finally, this week’s actions are: Demand Congress hold Donald Trump accountable, calling for the removal of a GOP state rep. who supports right-wing hate groups, and to protect all living things on the Olympic Peninsula and Salish sea from dangerous U.S. Naval exercises.

Voter Registration 2.0: New Tech, New Rules & General Meeting

Please join us and learn how WA state new voting laws will affect you — and our voter registration efforts — in 2020. Featuring Julie Anderson from the Pierce County Auditor’s Office Sponsored by Indivisible Tacoma and Indivisible Puyallup.

Featuring Julie Anderson, Pierce County Auditor

During the meeting, we will also be taking action in response to the criminality shown in the Mueller Report

Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation
1115 S 56th St, Tacoma, Washington 98408

To let us know you’re coming, RSVP via Facebook or on Indivisible’s website

We’ll also have a live stream on our Facebook page at:

Only ONE DAY Left for our April Matching Challenge Fundraiser!

Just a quick reminder. We have only ONE day left to take advantage of our April Matching Challenge. As a reminder, Indivisible will MATCH funds raised throughout the month of April, one-for-one, up to $500 per group! And we’re so close!

Indivisible Tacoma is completely volunteer-run and we operate on a shoestring budget.  Your contributions will help us pay for signs, printed materials, our website, email list, rent for our meeting venue at the Tahoma Unitarian Universal Congregation, voter registration booths, gas, snacks for volunteers, and other expenses.

Chip in today so Indivisible Tacoma can keep organize, build power, and continue to fight back in 2020


This Week’s Actions!

Hold Trump Officials Accountable

Action: Call Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-6) (202) 225-5916 or Denny Heck (D-10) (360) 459-8514.

Ask what they and the rest of the House are going to do if trump administration officials defy subpoenas and refuse to testify. Emphasize that Congress absolutely must respond with vigor or risk losing support from their base. If Trump gets away with this the Democrats will look so weak that they will lose even their most ardent supporters.

SCRIPT:  Hi, I’m [NAME] with Indivisible Tacoma and I’m from [STREET ADDRESS AND ZIP]. Please urge Congress to hold Trump officials accountable. If you let Donald Trump get away with this, the Democrats will look weak and lose support. Thank you.

State Level Actions for This Week

Stop Hate Now by Removing State Rep. Matt Shea (R-4)

Rep. Shea from LD 4 has a long history of unethical and vocal support for dangerous right-wing militia, anti-LGBTQ, and racist groups. Most recently Shea participated in conversations that advocated violence against those with dissenting opinions and offered to do background checks on opponents. The Seattle Times editorial board, Governor Inslee, Lt. Governor Habib and WA Democrats are among those calling for Shea to be removed and condemned.

Script: Hi, I’m [NAME] with Indivisible Tacoma and I’m from [STREET ADDRESS AND ZIP]. I am contacting you in your role as Minority Leader asking you to remove Representative Matt Shea from the House Republican Caucus.  His support for white nationalist extremists is unacceptable.

Protect the Salish Sea/ Olympic Peninsula Environment

We need to stop a plan by the US Navy to begin treetop high training missions over the area from the Hood Canal to the ocean over some of the most sensitive and significant areas in our state. These training runs will disrupt all living things in a huge area of the Salish Sea, the Olympic Mountains and Park and the ocean. This threatens the Orca and their food sources too.

More info:

  • Conservation Statement and Navy Statement.
  • Talking Points from Olympic Park Associates
  • Fact Sheet from Olympic Park Associates

ACTION 1.  Use This Comment Form and write:  “I am opposed to a plan by the US Navy to begin treetop high training missions over the area from the Hood Canal to the ocean over some of the most sensitive and significant areas in Washington State.” Feel free to use your own words and add info from the talking points and fact sheet above.

ACTION 2. Call Sens. Pat Murray (202)-224-2621, Maria Cantwell  (202) 224-3441, and Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-6) (202) 225-5916 or Denny Heck (D-10) (360) 459-8514.

SCRIPT: Please stop a plan by the US Navy to begin treetop high training missions over the area from the Hood Canal to the ocean over some of the most sensitive and significant areas in our state. These training runs will disrupt all living things in a huge area of the Salish sea, the Olympic Mountains and Park and the ocean. This threatens the Orca and their food sources too.

Stop Fracked Gas Projects!

This month we signed a letter calling on Gov. Jay Inslee to oppose all new and expanded fracked gas projects. This includes the liquid natural gas (LNG) plant Puget Sound Energy (PSE) is trying to force on the City of Tacoma and the Puyallup Tribe’s ancestral waters. If you’d like to read the letter, it’s here. We also encourage you to call Gov. Inslee at (360) 902-4111 or send him an e-message here: