Event: Hope & Action with Senator Kevin Ranker and Chairman Timothy Ballew II

Join us for an inspirational and practical forum featuring state senator Kevin Ranker and Timothy Ballew II, chair of the Lummi Nation.

Senator Ranker will provide specific ideas for what each of us can do to stand up for our core values in the face of our current administration.  Ranker is clear:  there are core areas about which we cannot compromise:  women’s rights, minority rights, LGBTQ rights, access to quality education, reproductive health and choice, environmental protection.  Chairman Ballew will share opening words.

You’ll leave the presentation fired up, with a list of ideas for what you can do now to bring about positive change!  

This free event is co-sponsored by the Lummi Nation and Riveters Collective.

Date: Sunday, 19 March 2017
Time: 1:00 p.m.  Lobby doors open at 12:00, theater doors at 12:30
Location: Mount Baker Theatre
Tickets: This is not a ticketed event.  Attendance is free, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
R.S.V.P. To receive updates, r.s.v.p. to our Facebook event or check this page.
Accommodations: We plan to have an ASL interpreter.  Guests can also request assistive hearing devices from theatre ushers or staff.  The theatre has eight permanent wheelchair spots.
DONATE HERE: We met our fundraising goal, no more donations!

Senator Ericksen Recall Decision

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 2, 2017

42nd District Citizens Undaunted by Recall Decision

Bellingham, WA.

The citizen-led recall of Washington State Senator Doug Ericksen, D-42, was dismissed in court this morning with a finding of “insufficient grounds”.  In her decision, Whatcom Superior Court Judge Raquel Montoya-Lewis confirmed that there is no standard expectation of service against which Washington State senators can be judged.  Senators are not required to do anything, and therefore cannot fail to meet the standard.  

“The performance of Sen. Ericksen in his duties as senator has to mean something,” Montoya-Lewis said. “But there’s no standard that’s laid out in the statutes. There’s no description. There’s no case law that indicates what ‘discharge of his duties under his oath of office’ means.”

Petitioners were disappointed to learn that the remedy of recall is not available when a senator so clearly and intentionally neglects the business of the senate and the work of representing the people of his district.

“It is astonishing to learn that our state senator can just decide not to do his job and there is literally no remedy available to us until he is up for re-election.  In my mind, showing up to work is a bi-partisan value”. Said Elizabeth Hartsoch of Riveters Collective.  “Finding sponsors for legislation to close this loophole is a clear path forward for us.  As is identifying a responsive and collaborative leader willing to take Senator Ericksen’s seat in the next election”.

Stephen Gockley, counsel for the petitioners, introduced evidence showing that in addition to his extensive record of meeting absences, Senator Ericksen has inappropriately claimed per diem payments of $120/day on days when he was demonstrably not working on senate business in any way.  He also argued that while occasional absences from meetings or votes are normal for senators, it is unprecedented for a senator to acknowledge a complete disengagement from senate business by declining per diem on so many days.  A timeline of Senator Ericksen’s 2017 legislative session attendance and per diem claims is available on the Riveters Collective website.

“I’m proud of this citizen led effort and the amazing response we’ve had by constituents”.  Said petitioner Michael Shepard.  “Nearly 3000 people have signed petitions, provided evidence, made calls and participated in this recall effort. We will continue to be engaged, seeking accountability and effective representation for the 42nd district.”

Petitioners intend to continue holding Senator Ericksen accountable, beginning with attendance at his town hall meeting on Saturday.

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Recommended Local Actions for the Week of 20170227

Recommended Local Actions for the Week of 20170227

ACT TODAY: Support SB5501/HB1663 (Funding for Toxic Pollution Prevention and Cleanup)

Call or submit comment online to express your support for these important bills which will stabilize funding for preventing and controlling pollution and cleaning up toxic sites, including the Bellingham waterfront.

Funding to support toxics cleanup, as well as pollution prevention, in Washington state comes from a tax on hazardous substances – mostly petroleum products. With the drop in oil prices in recent years, there has been a significant shortfall in revenue to support cleanup. These bills will help stabilize funding by applying a modest surtax on hazardous substances when annual revenues fall below $160M.

  • Contact information
  • Suggested comment:

The voter-approved Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) has proven to be an effective means to clean up toxic waste sites, prevent toxic chemical pollution, and support communities to address toxics pollution threats. However, the state has lost an estimated $375 million in MTCA funding over the last three years, and the tax must be stabilized to keep Washington on track in reducing harmful pollution.

Thankfully, the legislature is considering HB 1663/SB 5501, which would:

  • Stabilize funding for cleaning up toxic sites, preventing and controlling pollution, and ensuring communities have a voice in reducing threats from toxic pollution.
  • Apply a modest and temporary surcharge on the state hazardous substance tax, which would generate an estimated $50 million over the next two years and help address a $70 million budget shortfall.
  • Allow for more predictability in the state budget process and provides reliability for local communities that depend on these dollars to improve public health and the environment.
  • Help maintain funding for critical state environmental programs that benefit all corners of the state.

I urge you to support HB 1663/SB 5501 so we can protect our communities from risks we face today and keep us safe for years to come. Thank you for considering my comments, and I look forward to your response.

Comment in Support of Extending Solar Incentives

Seen all the solar panels popping up on local roofs lately?  This phenomena is due largely to a three-pronged state/federal incentive program which provides tax credit, banking of excess production, and production payments which are much higher if you buy Washington-made equipment.  The state incentives that began several years ago will expire in June of 2020.  All along, the idea has been that legislators would revise the program based on experiences and then introduce new legislation to extend it with improvements.  Unfortunately, they have failed in at least a couple of attempts to do so, and now we are staring down the expiration of incentives in 3 years.  In my amateur reading, the new legislation steps down production payments, changes the requirements around community solar installations, removes the requirement of owning the building and land, changes the funding cap, and a few more administrative details.  

Contact information

Attend the Recall Hearing for Senator Doug Ericksen

Thursday, March 2nd at 8:30am, Whatcom County Superior Court.  We will provide further guidance later this week.  Please refer to our post on this for updates.

Thank Jay Inslee for Executive Order on Immigration

It’s that time of the week again, time to call Jay Inslee and say thanks.  Washington will not participate in civil immigration raids. Read about it in the Seattle Times and the Stranger.

https://www.facebook.com/WaStateGov/
https://twitter.com/GovInslee
360-902-4111

From the Calendar

Monday 27 Feb, 6pm, Candlelight vigil – Immigration enforcement

Monday 27 Feb, 7pm (but come at 6:15 for trading cards), Family Council Night at Bellingham City Council meeting

Saturday 4 March, 3-5pm, Riveters Collective Meeting and Social

SAVE THE DATE: 3/7/17, 6pm.  Whatcom County Council Special Presentation on the Hirst Decision.

In the Hirst decision, the Court ruled that Whatcom County, in issuing building permits with permit-exempt wells as water source, failed to comply with GMA requirements in protecting water resources.  Whatcom County Council has scheduled a special presentation on the issue at their 3/7 meeting, where they will show a 20-minute video, ask questions of state and local water experts, and hold a public hearing on a proposed interim ordinance.  More information here.

 

Senator Ericksen’s Attendance Record

Senator Ericksen Accountability Project Update

RECALL

By law, the recall happens in several steps, we have completed step 1 and are awaiting step 2. 

  1. File charges (done, full text at the end of this post)
  2. Charges are heard in the Whatcom County Superior Court on March 2nd at 8:30 am with Judge Montoya-Lewis.  Here is a map.  You can attend, though the space is limited to about 50 people.  The hearing will be recorded and we can request a copy of the video from the clerk.
  3. If the recall clears the Superior Court hurdle (a very high bar), we collect 25k signatures from registered 42nd district voters.
  4. If we collect all the signatures the recall will be on the ballot in November of 2017.
  5. If Senator Ericksen is recalled, the 42nd district Republican Precinct Committee Officers nominate three choices for replacement.  Whatcom County Council selects one of the three choices to serve as our senator for the remainder of the term.

TOWN HALL MEETING

  1. Our town hall meeting invitation was hand-delivered to Senator Ericksen’s staff on Monday, February 20th.  Whether or not he accepts our invitation, we will hold a town hall meeting to discuss issues and our efforts to hold Senator Ericksen accountable.  You can help with this effort.
    Sign the RC town hall invitation.
  2. Use Twitter to encourage Senator Ericksen to schedule a meeting with his constituents.  Sample tweet:  Dear @Doug_Ericksen 42nd constituents kindly request a town hall meeting with you in March before the session ends, please respond here http://tinyurl.com/joh3afv #waleg
  3. Message Senator Ericksen on Facebook to encourage him to set up a town hall meeting with his constituents. His Facebook page no longer accepts posts, so message is the best option.

Earlier updates and actions in this post.
Press coverage of 42nd district efforts.

Charges Filed:
“To whom it may concern,
Pursuant to The Washington State Constitution and RCW 29A.56.110, citizens of the 42nd Legislative District (hereafter “petitioners”) respectfully request recall of Washington State Senator Doug Ericksen. The attached brief supports these charges.
The Petitioners allege that Senator Ericksen is subject to recall due to misfeasance and a failure to faithfully perform a duty imposed by law. Senator Ericksen committed misfeasance by failing to attend over 75-percent of his committee meetings, failing to attend meetings for bills he’s submitted, and failing to be present for constituent feedback. Moreover, Senator Ericksen failed to faithfully perform a duty imposed by the law by violating the Washington State Constitution. Specifically, Senator Ericksen is prohibited under the constitution from accepting a managerial position in the federal Executive Branch while maintaining an elected position in the state Legislative Branch.
Clearly, Senator Ericksen is not able to provide the time and attention to the important matters of Washington State or the 42nd District while working on a significant administrative transfer at the EPA. Senator Ericksen’s inability to perform the basic duties of a state senator demonstrates that holding two offices on two sides of the country is incompatible with his duties. Therefore, we are petitioning his recall”.

Town Hall Invitation for Senator Ericksen

February 15, 2017

Senator Doug Ericksen
PO Box 748
Ferndale, WA 98248

 

Dear Senator Ericksen,

Your constituents in Washington’s 42nd legislative district would very much like to speak with you regarding bills under consideration in the current legislative session.  We request a town hall meeting in March in Ferndale at a venue which can accommodate your constituents signed below.  Please let us know if you are available on Saturday March 4th, 11th, 18th or 25th.  If none of these Saturdays works for you, please advise on an alternate date which fits your schedule.  

Kindly respond before March 1st so we can make the necessary arrangements.  Thank you for your prompt attention.

Sincerely;

Riveters Collective, and your constituents named below.

Elizabeth Hartsoch
Lisa Van Doren
Judy Pratt
Ramona Abbott
Katie Horne
Jamie Douglass
Andronetta Douglass
Steve Sinderson
Anna Blick
Ronna Loerch
Elizabeth Isaly
Alina Zollfrank
Nancy Brewster
James Mason
todd koetje
Marissa McGrath
Erin Kelly
Victor Valadez
Brad Stone
Eowyn Savela
Jim DeLaHunt
Leah Veldhuisen
Alisa Sachs
Robert Lundquist
Mary Metzger
Amanda Fickeisen
Adrienne Renz
Lindsie
Erin Welch
Nellie Korn
Jennifer Hunt
Heather Ludwig
Meryle A. Korn
Michael Shepard
Catherine Hull
Jaime Arnett
Christine Smith
Olivia Slama
Steve Hinton
Allen Stockbridge
Zakiah Avallah
Noel Evans
Laura Norton
Linda Magee
Thomas Wilmore
Josh wiederhold
Mike Hovander
Wendy Courtemanche
Peter Horne
Sharon Wood
Samantha Morrow
Patricia Rolstad
Suzanne Wittman
Meagan Harris
B Alten
Wendy Fanello
Darcie Nielsen
Tammy Bennett
Jennifer Seltz
Julie Peterson
Kristina Van Ness
John D’Onofrio
Alexis Blue
Kathleen Vielhaber
Robert Jones
Julie Whitacre
Mark Geri
Anne Richardson
Emily Ackerland
Gregory Conway
Jessica Raymond
Blanche Bybee
Jennifer Hampton
Charles Storrs
Christopher Stamback
Leanne Stogsdill
Brandie
Tracy Reilly
Michele Brown
Warren Wilkins
Kate Blystone
Cameron Munro
Dee Purnell
Michele Brown
Mike Purnell
Wendy Czopp
Sarah Neugebauer
Susan Hemingson
Jill MacIntyre Witt
Steve Ganz
Caprice Teske
Susan Marks
Celeste Monke
Ed Love
Clint lively
Jacqueline Caplan-Auerbach
Juli Evangelista
Mary Pfundt
Suzanne Gray
Lisa Blum
Carl Lingbloom
Angry Voter
tom weathers
Jean Scribner
Sharon Robinson
Cheryl Marier
Gayle Babcock
Talitha Jones
Susan Mulligan
Brian Mulligan
Kristen Rothman
Helena Quigley
Chloe Kim
Carole Johnston
Megen Porter
Judy C. Anderson
Doug and Sandy Carpenter
Julie Hunter
Jason Skipper
Bernard Housen
Lindsay Sanders
Sandy Robson
Pamela Miller
Lorena Shah
Charles Law
Carla Willis
Deanna Zipp
Hayley Lawson
Danne Neill
Sharon Allen
Elizabeth Combs
Amy Pashov
Stefan Pashov
Tammy Alejandre
Brenda Bryce
Nicole Chang
Amy Glasser
Sharon Shewmake
Suzann Dale Hong
Sarah Updike
Jen miller
Shandeen Gemanis
Laura Wood
Katherine Davidson
Doug Starcher
Victoria Souze
Mary Lou Steward
Jenny Spurgin
Sean Spurgin
Roger Murphy
Jessica petersen
Lisa Pool
Deborah Genge
Deron Belt
Melissa Lange
Erica McCurdy
Jason McCurdy
Paula Rotondi
Pete Stelling
Susan Hunt
Karen Price
Kathleen Rielly
Cynthia Geri
Melissa Reimer
Catherine Armstrong Soule
Denise Marshall
Jaymie Johnston
Patrice Holodnick
Robin Wallbridge
Lydia McClaran
Melissa Miner
Magenta Pierrot
Mary Alden
Anitra Accetturo
Stephen Jackson
Sara Holodnick
Abigail Goldman
Abby koehler
Elizabeth Darrow
Linda Finch
Kelly Abbott
Gordana Curgus
Bryce Beamish
Treasure Samuel
Virginia Malmquist
Jerry Schuster
Jasmine Goodnow
ronnie mitchell
jackie webley
Elizabeth Stephan
Laura Steiger
Beth Schivitz
Ellen Barnes
Ann Wales
Traci Hahn
Patricia Perez
Arynn McKenzie
Rachel Lawson
Lisa Geraghty
Cindy Madigan
Katie Brown
seth
Alison Rositzke
jeff mcgrath
Hannah Ellis
Geneva Elizabeth Graham
Judy Pratt
Lindsay Anderson
Alexander McIntyre
Loretta Sheldon
Barry G Herman
Michael
Wyoming McKenzie
Linda T Avinger
Ed Malick
Amanda Stohl
Jeff Porter
Jeralyn Heil
Rosalind Spitzer
Jason Rudd
Benny Brooke
Kim Brooke
David Golus
Kim Brooke
Senna Towner
Roberta North
Jan Kessel
Jan and David Kessel
Anna Evans
Leigh woody
Michael Naselow
Oona Cava
Susan Tommervik
Barbara
Rachel Munroe
Christine Heintz
Raena Anderson
Carolyn Nielsen
Mia
Jayme Curley
Eric Vernon
Mark Mackiewicz
Michelle Hughes
Warren Tobey
Jennifer Hoover
Sam Main
Shannon Parsons
Jeremy Spidle
Judith Culver
Jill cotton
sSyan Parker
Kelli Gauthier
Sandra Randall
Sharon Belk-Krebs
Jennifer Nevarez
Lorena Havens
Rowena M Donelson
Darcy carlson
Megan Lee
Peggy Stewart
Jim Stewart
Christine Gerhold
Colleen Winters
Helen Campbell
Julia kerl
Patricia Gilbertson
Abigail Atkins
James Kelly
Laurie Bomstad Heck
Samantha Dennison
Kathryn Rismondo
Courtney Jensen
Scott Jensen
J. Decker
Yangjee Gaines
Laurie Decker
Brian Cishecki
Nancy Mullane
Laura Abernathy
Laura Allen
Elizabeth Harris
Mikkel Hong
Alice M Brown
Kate Newell
Maialisa Vanyo
Jill Segel
Addie Candib
Carl Davis
Jonathan Raney
Nancy Brewster
Lucy Morse
Paul Englesberg
Linda Pace
Kelsey Severson
Emily Ackerland
Susan Croft
Larry Croft
Alyson Indrunas
Cory Blackwood
wynne lee
Kayleigh Somers
Ellen Clothier
Nancy Brewster
Mary Alden
Eileen Herring
Dirk Vermeeren
Kathy Vermeeren
Monique Kerman
Michael Crum
Sara Holliday
Ruth Bullock
Louann Chapman
Danna Zelenka
Edward Malick
Brenda Bryce
Elizabeth Sheinkopf
Kim Carlton
Matt
Mary Worobec
Steven Hendricksen
Alys Kennedy
Chloe Wilson
Tracy Wainwright
Cynthia Camlin
Stephanie Korn
Scarlet Tang
Michael Maudlin
Kathie Hagwell
Janet Needler
Mikyn Sygitowicz
Katrina Lyon
Thomas J Wilmore
Tammy Bennett
Cheryl Greathouse
Sylvia Hayden
Carol Mitchell
Lisa Meucci
Laura Ridenour
Amy Pashov
Stefan Pashov
Matt Petryni
Bonnie Southcott
Darlene Giblin
Jean Westgate
Alison Boudle
Katherine Novak
Jeannine Heidenreich
alison pabst
karen fisher
Ray poorman
Katie Cassidy
Veronica Wisniewski
Andrea Thach, MD
Dana Beatty
Susan Hansen
Rob Knode
Patricia Keene
Dave King
Merrie Copeland
Tom Copeland
Denis Foster
Renee Gayden
Ginny Snowe
Katherin Mitchell
Dean Wight
Judy Sande
Kimberly Davis
Sharon kettells
Renee Ragsdale
Inga Drechsel
Angela cook
Colleen Coyne
Cheryl Greathouse
Lance Belka
Ed Hoban
Maddie Bishop
Celeste Monke
Roberta Suhadolnik
Wendy Courtemanche
Shelly Lyon
Linda Gregory
Catharine Larocque
Debra Anderson -Frey
Elizabeth Kilanowski
Roberta North
Lane Morgan
Beth Basabe
Ann Moore
Rick Moore
Gracelin Moore
Nigel Moore
Elizabeth Vignali
bonnie O’connor
Rhiannon Troutman

Recommended Local Actions for the week of 20170206

Thank Bob Ferguson and Jay Inslee

Washington’s Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Governor Jay Inslee have taken bold leadership roles in opposing the president’s  immigration order.
Background: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/04/us/trump-travel-ban-washington-seattle-ferguson.html
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/02/05/how-washington-state-became-the-epicenter-of-resistance-to-trumps-agenda/?postshare=5921486325841420&tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.fea5f05b0067

Ferguson
https://www.facebook.com/bobfergusonforAG/
https://twitter.com/agowa
(360) 753-6200

Inslee
https://www.facebook.com/WaStateGov/
https://twitter.com/GovInslee
360-902-4111

Support HB 1611 – Oil Transportation Safety

Watch the hearing, submit a comment.
Background, comment links, contact information here: http://riveterscollective.org/2017/01/support-washingtons-oil-transportation-safety-bill-hb-1611-sb-5462/
Watch live: http://www.tvw.org/watch/?eventID=2017021092
We may have a virtual watch party in our Facebook group.
If you will attend the hearing, please contact us at pantsuitbellingham(at)gmail(dot)com so we can discuss delivering testimony.

*Updated* Write a letter to the editor about Doug Ericksen jobs conflict

If you have not yet written a letter, now is the time!  We are responding to Senator Ericksen’s claims from his press conference last week.  Join the virtual letter writing party on Monday night   in our facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/958756480935567/permalink/1020698808074667/.

Find all the information and talking points you need here:
http://riveterscollective.org/2017/01/42nd-district-unrepresented/

42nd district constituents: Post a photo of yourself at your place of work

{or on your way to work if political activity is prohibited at your work}
Either tweet the photo to @wheresdoug42 or post it in this thread on the Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/958756480935567/permalink/1020786118065936/

Follow @wheresdoug42 on Twitter

Someone is undertaking to locate our 42nd district state senator and document his absence in Olympia.  Follow this twitter handle for updates.  https://twitter.com/wheresdoug42

Request a ballot for the Whatcom Conservation District board election

The Whatcom Conservation District is holding an election for a board member.  Our friend Kelly Krieger is running!  Ballots for this election are not automatically distributed, you must request a ballot before February 14th (or vote in person on March 14th).  Requesting a ballot is easy using their online form.  http://www.whatcomcd.org/board-elections

DAPL Public Comment DEADLINE FEBRUARY 20

Contact information and suggested language at the end of this article.  Modify the text at least a bit, remember in the GPT NEPA/SEPA process they counted total comments and UNIQUE comments.
http://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/dont-let-trump-distract-you-public-comment-on-dapl-is-now-open-20170125

From the Calendar

http://riveterscollective.org/calendar/

4, 11, and 18 Feb * Islam 101 * St. Pauls Episcopal Church, www.stpaulsbellingham.org

Monday 6 Feb 1:30pm * HB 1611 hearing (see above) http://riveterscollective.org/2017/01/support-washingtons-oil-transportation-safety-bill-hb-1611-sb-5462/

Monday 6 Feb 6:30pm * Clean Energy Activists Meeting https://www.facebook.com/events/1909863462565875/

Monday 6 Feb 7pm * Town Hall Meeting – Future of Bellingham Immigrant Families https://www.facebook.com/events/377699329263343/

Tues 7 Feb (begins) * 45 min Free Online Class: Communication Skills for Bridging Divides  https://www.edx.org/course/communication-skills-bridging-divides-catalystx-ildiv1x

Sat 11 Feb * Fund Planned Parenthood–Support Rally in Bellingham https://www.facebook.com/events/1671930566433605/

Sun 12 Feb * Worker and Immigrant Solidarity March Burlington https://www.facebook.com/events/409732362695018/

 

Step Five to Taking Action

How are you doing? What was the last action you took?

Maybe you’re feeling fired up and taking action every day.  Maybe you’re starting to feel overwhelmed and disheartened by the news each day, making it hard to act.  Maybe life has interrupted and your best intentions have taken a backseat to dealing with urgent personal matters.

No matter how many actions you’ve taken so far, know this: WE ARE IN THIS FOR THE LONG HAUL.

This is not normal.  And we must never ever allow ourselves to let it feel normal.

There is no finish line. No future end date we are aiming towards.  This is not a diet or a challenge or a campaign.

This is brushing your teeth.  This is grocery shopping.  This is paying bills.  This is exercise.  This is drinking coffee.  This is weeding the garden.

This is a habit. This is you making a permanent slot in your regular routine for taking action to protect our rights, fight injustice and inequality, and protect vulnerable populations.  You can do it.  You must.

Good news!  You already know how to start new habits.  (And if your life does not allow you to commit to a new habit right now, work in actions as much as you can until you have more bandwidth.)

Tips for Sustaining Action

Schedule it

Set aside some time for your reading the news, researching, reading books, writing letters, making calls, and planning actions. Schedule it on your calendar just like any other appointment and set a reminder. 

Remember to set up recurring, monthly donations, too.

 

Narrow Your Focus

There are so many actions to take and so much work to do.  It can feel overwhelming.  One way to fight this problem is to narrow your focus to your top three issues you are most passionate about.  Follow groups that are organizing issues on those topics.  Maybe you’ll branch out in the future, the most important thing is to keep acting and not get stuck at inaction.  Keep this in mind, though.

 

Use a Cheat Sheet

People out there are doing the  work of researching and selecting regular actions so that you don’t have to.  Here are a few cheat sheets to follow that will deliver regular actions to you, along with the rationale and sources behind them.

Wall of Us

Pantsuit Resources

Resistance 365

Fight Trump

Resist Tinyletter

 

Join a Group

Thousands of grassroots groups sprung up immediately after the election with the purpose of organizing action against Trump. These groups are working online and in person.  They are planning actions on a local level,  state level, national level, and world level.  Find one near you. (This list is not comprehensive, but a good round up.)

 

Form an Accountability Circle

This is simple.  Find some buddies who also are taking and agree to regularly check in with each other to see how it’s going.  Meet in person, do a group chat online, form a Facebook group, or however you want to go about it.  Every (one, two, three) weeks, ask everyone to report in with their latest actions. Knowing someone is going to check on you can give you that extra motivation you need.


Or, simply post your latest actions on social media and ask what your friends have been up to.  Use this hashtag: #actionaccountability

 

Celebrate, Reward, and Take Care of Yourself

Are you tired yet?  I am.  This work is exhausting physically and emotionally. Don’t burn out. Please take care of yourself.    We need you and your voice.  Take a break when you need to, but come back, refreshed and full of fire. Practice your favorite self-care.  Reward yourself for taking action.  And celebrate our victories!  Because there will be victories.  You can do it.  You must.  Remember, we are the ones we have been waiting for.

Missed step four? Read it here.

Take action:

Support Congressman Larsen’s bill on the National Security Council!

February 1st, Representative Rick Larsen is/was scheduled to introduce a bill which would make the Director of National Intelligence and the Joint Chiefs of Staff permanent members of the National Security Council. This is exactly the kind of bold leadership we want from our legislators!

Call Rick Larsen’s office:
Bellingham 360-733-4500
Everett 425-252-3188
DC (202) 225-2605

Talking Points:
1) You support Larsen’s bill to make the Director of National Intelligence and the Joint Chiefs of Staff permanent members of the National Security Council.
2) You do not agree with Bannon’s appointment to the National Security Council.
3) Thank Rick Larsen for his leadership in this issue.

Alternatively, if you cannot call, you can email his office on the contact us page here: https://larsen.house.gov/contact-rick

Background:
The bill does not have a name or a number yet. Representative Larsen tweeted about the bill:
https://twitter.com/RepRickLarsen/status/826973417224228864
https://twitter.com/RepRickLarsen/status/825792726796947456

This bill would make the Director of National Intelligence and the Joint Chief’s of Staff permanent members of the National Security Council.

Why this is important: Over the weekend, Donald Trump elevated Steve Bannon, a non-elected official with no military experience, to the National Security Council and made the Director of National Intelligence and Joint Chief’s of Staff optional to attend meetings.
The impact of this is to make the National Security Council more political and removes experienced voices of reason from this group.

Representative Larsen has released his ‘Dear Colleague’ letter to ask for support from his fellow House Representatives. Currently Representative Murphy is writing a similar bill. Both bills will go to committee – most likely the House Armed Services Committee which Larsen serves on. We will be able to see what the bill does tomorrow on this page: http://clerk.house.gov/floorsummary/floor.aspx

The National Security Council is committee is a Cabinet-level group of agencies focused on national security that was established by President George H. W. Bush in 1989. To date, every version of the Committee has included the Joint Chiefs chairman and the director of the CIA or, once it was established, the head of the Director of National Intelligence. Bannon’s appointment is a major break with tradition and makes a traditionally a-political committee extremely political. The National Security Council is run by National Security Adviser Michael Flynn who himself has had plenty of controversy of late, mostly involving ill-advised comments his son has made and his close ties with Russia and specifically Putin.

https://larsen.house.gov/contact-rick

Elected Officials

Who represents you?

http://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/

National Representation

Senator Patty Murray: WA (206) 553-5545, DC (202) 224-2621

Senator Maria Cantwell:  WA (206) 220-6400, DC (202) 224-3441

Congressman Rick Larsen:  WA 360-733-4500, DC (202) 225-2605

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene WA (360) 416-7879, DC (202) 225-6311


State Representation

Governor Jay Inslee
Office of the Governor
PO Box 40002
Olympia, WA 98504-0002
360-902-4111
TTY/TDD call 711 or 1-800-833-6388
Request a meeting or invite to an event: http://www.governor.wa.gov/contact/requests-invites

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson (360) 753-6200

Sate Legislature

All senators: http://leg.wa.gov/senate/senators/pages/default.aspx
All representatives: http://leg.wa.gov/House/Pages/MembersByDistrict.aspx

42nd District

Senator Doug Ericksen
414 Legislative Building
PO Box 40442
Olympia, WA 98504
(360) 786 – 7682

Representative Luane Van Werven
419 John L. O’Brien Building
PO Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504
(360) 786 – 7980

Representative Vincent Buys
465 John L. O’Brien Building
PO Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504
(360) 786 – 7854

40th District

Senator Kevin Ranker
215 John A. Cherberg Building
PO Box 40440
Olympia, WA 98504
(360) 786 – 7678

Representative Kristine Lytton
368 John L. O’Brien Building
PO Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504
(360) 786 – 7800

Representative Jeff R. Morris
436A Legislative Building
PO Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504
(360) 786 – 7970