? Stop the Bans! National Day of Action – Tuesday 5/21 ✊

? Stop the Bans! National Day of Action – Tuesday 5/21 ✊

Stop the Bans! Tomorrow, Indivisible Tacoma joins activists across the nation to rally against the draconian abortion bans in 15 states.

✊?Day of Action | Stop the Bans!

Women’s Rights Are Human Rights
Tues. May 21, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
at the U.S. District Courthouse
1717 Pacific Ave. Tacoma

Last week, Planned Parenthood announced their Stop the BansDay of Action in response to recent anti-abortion laws in 15 states. These laws are so extreme they don’t even make exceptions for rape and incest. Partnering with them to organize these actions are the Above All Action Fund, ACLU, EMILY’s List, Indivisible, MoveOn, NARAL Pro-Choice America, UltraViolet and Women’s March.

Support for abortion access is at a record high — more than 7 in 10 Americans do not want to see Roe v. Wade overturned. This day of action will send a loud and clear message to politicians: Banning abortion is dangerous, deeply unpopular, and people will not stand for it.

Map of Abortion Laws - Screen shot from Twitter and link to interactive map from Refinery 29.

Stop the Bans! Click here for an interactive map and guide to laws, waiting periods, and other restrictions on a woman’s right to end her pregnancy.

And this recent slew of laws are just the tip of the iceberg. Legislatures in red states have been chipping away at Roe v. Wade for decades. 43 states have outlawed ending a pregnancy after a certain number of weeks.  These include “fetal heartbeat bills” that outlaw abortions before many women even know they’re pregnant and targeted restrictions on abortion providers (TRAP) laws. TRAP laws impose costly, unnecessary, and burdensome requirements on women’s health centers and other clinics that provide abortions.

If You Can’t Make it to the Stop the Bans Rally…

Please tell your friends to attend and please share the image below on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media with the #StopTheBans hashtag.

Stop the Bans meme: Listen up, politicians: No Abortion Bans. EVER. -- Planned Parenthood.

You can also call your senators and reps and urge them to stop the bans.


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This Week’s Actions

U.S. Flag and Pride flag flying.

Image: Public Domain by Sgt. Allison Lotz, Marine Corps. Air Station, Yuma, Ariz.

☎️ Thank Our Reps for Passing the Equality Act!

Last week, House Democrats passed a massive LGBTQ rights bill. The Equality Act would extend full civil rights protections to LGBTQ people. Please call your rep to thank them.

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

Hi, I’m [NAME] from [City]. I’m calling to thank you for voting YES on the Equality Act (H.R. 5). This important bill brings our nation one step closer to having clear and consistent protections for LGBTQ people. Your vote shows you understand how urgent this matter is. Again, thank you for your leadership and support for the LGBTQ community.

Now, if only we could pass a law like this for women.

? More Actions

  1. Demand that Congress act on H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act. It’s long past time for House Democrats to act to protect immigrant communities from further attacks by Trump. Unfortunately, there is an effort by conservative Democrats to weaken H.R. 6, which means your voice matters right now! Your MoC (especially if they sit on the House Judiciary Committee) needs to hear from you that protecting immigrants is a top priority and that you don’t want it watered down.
  2. Keep calling to tell Congress to reject more money for DHS. On May 9, you made over 2,300 calls to tell Congress to reject additional funds for ICE and CBP. They need to keep hearing from you; call 1-844-909-0232 and tell your MoC to #DefundHate and reject Trump’s supplemental funding request for DHS!

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Indivisible Tacoma Events

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

Voter Registration Team 2020 Kickoff

Want to help get out the vote? We’re excited about launching our voter registration drive for 2020! Please come to our kickoff meeting.

Monday (TONIGHT!), May 20, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
University Place Library Meeting Room
3609 Market Pl W, UP
Questions?  Contact Nina Rook.

Legislative Action Team Meeting

Tues., June 4, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
University Place Pierce County Library, 3609 Market Pl W, University Place, WA 98466

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.

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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Free Webinar on Using Technology to Win Elections

Are you thinking of running for office? Julie Palakovich Carr, an elected official in Maryland, wants to pay it forward to other progressive candidates.  She’s run and won two elections for city council and one election for the state house. Now she wants to help other progressives win elections.

Webinar on political technology
May 29 at 1 pm (Eastern)

Hear from panelists who are experts in political tech who will address how technology can help down-ballot campaigns achieve their goals.

Reserve a spot: https://www.victoryguide.us/webinar-campaign-tech

The webinar will be recorded and the recording will be shared with everyone who registers for the event. This event is free and open to the public, so please share with anyone you think might be interested.

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Featured image: Stop the Bans! Lindsay Silveira CC By-ND 2.0 via Flickr.