Actions and Events for IT and Allies – Week of March 11-17

Actions and Events for IT and Allies – Week of March 11-17

This week we have three phone calls we need everyone to make. We also have our General Meeting and 2nd Birthday party coming up, plus several great events via our progressive allies in and around Tacoma.

Indivisible Tacoma Phone Calls

  1. Call your House Rep. and urge them to keep H.R. 1 (electoral reform) strong & reject all “Motions to Recommit” from the GOP.
  2. Call our senators and tell them to support Sens. Udall’s (D-NM) and Collins’ (R-ME) resolution to end Trump’s fake emergency.
  3. Please call your state senator & state reps and ask them to support SB 5116 for 100% Clean Electricity by 2045. If you’re in the 27th District, at least call Jake Fey, since he’s on the House Environment & Energy Committee.

Phone Numbers

  1. US Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121
  2. State of Washington Legislative Hotline: (800) 562-6000
  3. List of federal and state lawmakers:

Sample script: Hi, I’m _________________, a constituent with Indivisible Tacoma in zip code ____________________. I’m calling to ask you to [Keep H.R.1 strong and reject any GOP Motions to Recommit / Support Sens. Udall’s and Collins’ resolution to end Trump’s fake emergency / support State Bill 5116 for 100% clean electricity by 2045. Thank you!


Events and Actions for March 11-17, 2019 (from our Progressive Allies)

Gaining Ground Documentary Screening

Hosted by 350 Tacoma Monday, March 11 at 5pm Rausch Auditorium, McIntyre Hall, Lower Level (#27 on campus map) University of Puget Sound 1500 N Warner St, Tacoma Gaining Ground is a documentary about growing food as a vehicle to empower communities and change lives. The film shows the connection between family farmers rejecting big ag and urban activists defying the control of big oil in their community. The film will be followed by a Q&A session.


Stop the Privatization of Click Network

TPU Board Meeting Weds. March 13, 2019, 6:30 pm 3628 S 35th St, Tacoma, WA 98409 Or email public comments to:


Sunrise Movement Tacoma General Hub Meeting

Weds. March 13 at 7pm-9pm University of Puget Sound, Wyatt Hall 204 “Join us Wednesday evening to talk Green New Deal, Youth Climate Strike, and more! Bring your friends, your family, and friendly faces- we welcome everyone no matter if you’ve come once or 100 times. Agenda to be posted soon.”


Tacoma Roots Summit, no. 4: Transit-Oriented Development

Thurs. March 14 6pm-8pm Evergreen Tacoma 1210 6th Ave, Tacoma Once a season, Tacoma Roots: Environmental Justice Forum hosts a summit to bring together folks in Pierce County and beyond to discuss environmental justice issues we face here, especially as they disproportionately impact people of color. This fourth Tacoma Roots Summit will focus on opportunities to advocate for transit-oriented development, looking at which policies could be put in place to best address housing costs and environmental concerns.


Tacoma Youth Climate

Fri 12pm-2pm Wright Park, 501 S I St, Tacoma My name is Theo Sullivan and I go to Washington elementary in Tacoma, Washington. on march 15 kids around the world are striking from school and asking their political leaders to take a stand, to do what they need to do to protect our environment from serious irreversible damage. I’m inviting kids from the tacoma region to ask, no demand that adults find real changes! This is a kid-organized event and we want you kids to write an essay about how you feel about climate change and what you want adults to do about it because we want a chance to live in a healthy world as adults. SEND YOUR ESSAYS TO: We will select the winning essays to read at the strike. Maybe you will get to read yours to everyone! Or we can read it for you if you feel shy.


Tacoma Democratic Socialists of America Happy Hour!

Saturday March 16. 2-4pm Parkway Tavern 313 N I St #1, Tacoma No agenda, just drinkin’ with the local reds. (Marx was co-president of his local tavern club, you know.)


Tacoma Homeless Outreach

Sat. March 16, 9:30am-12:30pm pin Evergreen Tacoma 1210 6th Ave, Tacoma Nativity House 702 S 14th St, Tacoma


Indivisible Tacoma Birthday Party & General Meeting

Wednesday, March 20, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation 1115 S 56th St, Tacoma, WA 98408 Reserve a free ticket


? The Orcas Will Thank You for This ?

? The Orcas Will Thank You for This ?

This Week: Please Urge Our State Reps & Senators to Kick CO2s and Defend Our Shared Natural Resources

(Because If the U.S. Government Can’t Do It, We Here in Washington Can)


Hi everyone. The good news is, there’s a slate of great environmental bills in the state leg. The bad news is, they need all the votes we can get, and some are still stuck in committees. The list below may seem like a lot, but it’s easy. You can simply call and leave a message.

We’ve even written you super-short and sweet scripts to make it easier. This way, you can just call your reps and your senator, leave your message and be done in less than 10 minutes. And when our reps and senators hear from us, it really makes a difference.

So, are you ready? Let’s start with the House bills.



TLDR* Script: Hi,  [Name of Rep], I’m ______. I’m your constituent in [your zip code]. I support reducing our carbon emissions and giving our state’s Dept. of Fish & Wildlife the tools they need to enforce our environmental laws. Please approve HB1110 and HB113. Please pass HB 1112 and 1579 out of committee. Thank you.

[*The short “too-long-didn’t-read” script you can use if you trust us on whether these bills are worthy of your support and you’re in a hurry]


HB 1579 – Chinook abundance – Message: Please pass out of committee.

I support this bill, which provides the Washington State Department of Fish and  Wildlife the same tools that other agencies have to enforce critical environmental laws and effectively deter habitat destruction. This will help secure the food web for our Southern Resident orcas.

(P.S., some bears might thank us too).

Bear catching salmon in stream.

HB 1110 – Low Carbon Fuel – Message: Do Pass

Please approve this bill, which supports the deployment of clean transportation fuel technologies through a carefully designed program that reduces the carbon intensity of fuel used in the state.

HB 1112 – Hydrofluorocarbon phase out – Message: Please pass out of committee.

I support this bill, which phases out the sale and use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are primarily used as refrigerants, by 2024.  HFCs are extremely potent greenhouse gases with existing alternatives for their use.

HB 1113 – Greenhouse Gas Emissions – Message: Do Pass.

Please approve this bill, which updates state emissions limits to be consistent with recommendations from the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group, as well as United States commitments to the Paris Climate Accords



TLDR* Script: Hi, I’m ______. I’m your constituent in (your zip code). I support clean energy, reducing toxic pollution, energy efficient buildings, and phasing out HFCs. Please vote yes on SB 5125. And please vote to move SB 5116, 5293, and 5426 out of committee. Thank you.
{*The short “too-long-didn’t-read” script you can use if you trust us and you’re in a hurry)

  • For a list of all our lawmakers and their phone numbers (both U.S. and state), click here:
  • Or you can simply call the Washington State Legislature’s hotline and leave a message: 1-800-562-6000 (TTY for Hearing Impaired 1-800-833-6388).


SB 5116 – 100% Clean Energy – Message: Please move out of committee.

I ask you to preserve the key target dates of coal plant shutdown by 2025 and 80% electricity from renewable sources by 2030.  Please limit opportunities for utilities to avoid being held accountable to these dates.

SB 5135 – Reducing Toxic Pollution – Message: Please vote yes on SB 5135.

I support this bill which authorizes the Department of Ecology to take actions to reduce the use of harmful chemicals in consumer products before the pollution contaminates homes, people, waterways, salmon, and orcas, and before it creates the need for expensive cleanup and treatment.

SB 5293 – Energy Efficient Buildings – Message: Please vote to move out of committee.

I support this bill which reduces emissions from buildings, which currently produce 27% of Washington’s greenhouse gas emissions – our second largest source of emission.

SB 5426 – Hydrofluorocarbon phaseout – Message: Please vote to move out of committee.

I support this bill, which phases out the sale and use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are primarily used as refrigerants, by 2024.  HFCs are extremely potent greenhouse gases with existing alternatives for their use.


Great job, everyone. Let’s all give ourselves a round of applause.

Nancy Pelosi sarcastically clapping at Trump SOTU.

Yours in solidarity,
Your Friendly Neighborhood Indivisibles

Be an Action Hero! This Week’s Actions (Week of Feb. 10-16)

Be an Action Hero! This Week’s Actions (Week of Feb. 10-16)

Events & Actions for This Week

Indivisible Lobby Day (& Virtual Lobby Day)

Friday, February 15, 2019
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

The Indivisibles from CD 10 are putting together our first Indivisible Lobby Day for the state of Washington. Held in Olympia, the event will include the following:

  • Morning briefings on active bills that fall within Indivisible’s priorities, what to expect during our legislator visits, and talking points.
  • Lunch
  • Meetings with legislators to briefly discuss talking points and leave an informational document.
  • Debriefing meeting with our fellow Indivisibles to share what we’ve learned.

If you’d like to join us, please email us at IndivisibleTacomaChapter@Gmail.Com. We need 2-3 people for the 27th, 28th, & 29th legislative districts. Alas, we can’t take more because space is limited.

If you can’t come…

  • Call & say you want these things for Washington: Fair elections, a Green New Deal, single payer, tax corporations & the wealthy, affordable housing & tenants rights, oppose ICE, and halt projects that harm our communities & our planet. Here’s the hotline:  1-800-562-6000 (TTY for Hearing Impaired 800.833.6388)
  • Watch the livestream here:

For a full list of links to contact info, visit the Legislative Information Center’s contact info page.


Vintage telephone with rotary dial.

Indivisible Washington Phone Calls for the Week

Please call our state lawmakers about the agenda items below. You can visit the Legislative Information Center page for contact info or Sorry we’re late getting some of these to you, but these calls only take a minute.

2/11/2019 Monday – Labor: Senate Committee on Labor & Commerce on 2/11/19 at 10:00 AM

  • SB 5717 – Concerning employer and employee scheduling. Requires food service, hospitality, and retail establishments with more than 100 employees worldwide to provide employees 14 days’ notice of work schedules. Hunt is a sponsor. Companion bill HB 1491 was heard on 2/5/18.

2/12/2019 Tuesday – Environment & Clean Energy, Civil Rights


Bills to Support: Senate Committee on Ways & Means on 2/12/19 at 3:30 PM

  • SB 5116  Supporting Washington’s clean energy economy and transitioning to a clean, affordable, and reliable energy future. The bill was first heard on 1/17/18. Hunt is a sponsor.
  • HB 1211 Companion to SB 5116 will be heard in House Committee on Finance on 2/12/18 at 8:00 AM in anticipation of other legislative action. Doglio and Dolan are sponsors.

Civil Rights

Bills to Support: House Committee on Civil Rights & Judiciary on 2/12/19 at 10:00 AM

  • HB 1376  Addresses Christian Science treatment, faith-based exemptions, and the criminal mistreatment of children and vulnerable adults. Need to protect vulnerable persons from abuse such as withholding food, water, shelter.  Companion bill SB 5749 has not yet been heard.

2/13/2019 Wednesday Homelessness, Housing Affordability, & Healthcare

Homeless/Housing Bills to Support: Senate Committee on Housing Stability & Affordability on 2/13/19 at 1:30 PM

  • SB 5812  Concerning local governments planning and zoning for accessory dwelling units.
  • Companion bill HB 1797 is not yet scheduled for a hearing. Doglio and Barkis are sponsors.

Healthcare Bills to Support: Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education on 2/13/19 at 1:30 PM

  • SB 5395 Concerning comprehensive sexual health education. Hunt is a sponsor. Companion bill   HB 1407  has not yet been heard. Dolan and Doglio are sponsors.

2/14/2019 Thursday – Education

Education Bills to Support: Senate Committee on Ways & Means on 2/14/19 at 3:30 PM

  • SB 5393  Establishing a statewide free college program by changing the state need grant to the Washington college promise scholarship. Hunt is a sponsor. Bill originally heard on 1/22 by Senate Committee on Higher Education & Workforce Development. Companion bill  HB 1340 referred to Appropriations on 2/7/19.

2/15/2019 Friday Healthcare, Government, & LGBTQ

Healthcare Bills to Support: Senate Committee on Health & Long Term Care on 2/15/19 at 8:00 AM

  • SB 5602  Eliminating barriers to reproductive health care for all. State law should be enhanced to ensure greater coverage of and timely access to reproductive health care for the benefit of all, regardless of immigration status, or gender identity or expression. Hunt is a sponsor. Companion bill HB 1612 has not yet had a hearing.

Government & LGBTQ Bills to Support: House Committee on State Government & Tribal Relations on 2/15/19 at 8:00 AM.

  • HB 1698  Requiring disclosure of federal income tax returns of presidential candidates prior to appearing in the primary. Dolan & Doglio are sponsors Companion bill SB 5078 was heard on 2/1/19.

LGBTQ Bills to Support: Senate Committee on State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections at 1:30 PM

  • SB 5356  Establishing the Washington state LGBTQ commission. To ensure equal opportunity for all  Washingtonians, the Legislature establishes a commission to identify the needs of the LGBTQ community and ensure that there is an effective means for advocating for LGBTQ equity in all aspects of  state government. Hunt is a sponsor.
  • SB5342 Providing a nonbinary gender category in applications for certain programs. Voter registration, driver’s license and learner permit applications will include nonbinary as a gender category. Hunt is a sponsor.


Help Defeat TrumpCare – Make Calls to Voters in Red States!

Help Defeat TrumpCare – Make Calls to Voters in Red States!

Millions of people are depending on the Resistance to defeat TrumpCare. We did it in July, and we can do it again. But here in Washington, our two senators are Democrats who are against TrumpCare. So you might be wondering what you can do. How can you influence Republican senators to do the right thing?

Here’s how: you can reach out directly to voters in states with a swing Republican senator. These voters are our friends: people who attended the Women’s March, have stood up for DACA, and who fight for progressive causes.

At our Indivisible Tacoma meeting tonight, we made calls to voters in Alaska, asking them to call Senator Murkowski and tell her why they’re against TrumpCare. It was surprisingly easy. When you make the call, the system patches you through to a voter, and if the voter says “yes” to calling their senator, the system patches the call directly through to their senator’s office.

You can do this from home TODAY! Go here to get started.


Join Us May 24 and Get Ready for the #MarchForTruth!

Our next Coffee Social is this Wednesday, March 24, 6:30–8pm. We’ll be working on signs for June 3’s March for Truth in Seattle as well as working out the logistics. We’re excited to get a great showing at this event.

If you have an event or activity you’d like to announce at Wednesday’s Coffee Social, please see the host after initial announcements. Once your request is reviewed, you can make your announcement later in the evening.

We’ll have a white board to tally up all the calls and emails we’ve made to our elected representatives. See if you can squeeze in some calls before Wednesday, so you have a few to add to our total! Please see here for who to call and what to say.

Location: Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Address: 1115 South 56th Street Tacoma, Washington 98408

Date: Wednesday, March 24

Time: 6:30–8pm (we’re back to our usual start time of 6:30pm)

RSVP: Facebook