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.

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.