POWER UP YOUR VOTE!
Help make the Blue Wave (Democratic majority in the House and possibly Senate) a reality in a few weeks. Most likely the election will be very close. Everything you do matters.
By now, most folks have received their mail-in ballots for this crucial election. Even though many people are well intentioned and plan to vote, here is a way to increase the likelihood that your like-minded friends and family don’t let this opportunity slip away because of their busy lives.
This week Make your own Blue Wave Plan. How will you use your own personal connections to increase like-minded voting? It doesn’t matter if you just reach out to 1 person or 20, REACH OUT!
1. REACH OUT AND ENCOURAGE YOUR FRIENDS TO JOIN YOU IN VOTING. Make a list of 1-20 friends and family that you believe are like-minded in their voting.
Call, email, text, Facebook, meet for lunch, write a postcard, …choose your best way to support and encourage them to join you in voting.
2. GIVE THEM TOOLS: our excellent endorsement link explains why each of our endorsed candidates and initiatives is a good choice. https://www.olympiaindivisible.com/endorsements.html
3. INVITE THEM TO PASS IT ON: Ask them if they will join you in spreading the Blue Wave and think of 1 or more people they can support in voting.
For example. Let’s say I am a shy person and am not comfortable calling my friends. Instead I could write something like this easy email to help spread the Blue Wave.
I normally don’t mix politics and friendship, but I feel that this election in a few days is critical to our country and the future of our children. Our vote is our only chance to return sanity to our government and finally provide oversight of our out of control President.
I have been so concerned that I joined Olympia Indivisible and used this resource to make thoughtful choices about the candidates and initiatives:
I just voted and will drop off my ballot at _________. Would you like to join me to celebrate our contribution to THE BLUE WAVE?
We Finish Strong! Support OI endorsed candidates
It is show time and what we do now matters.
Action: Spend at least 4 hours in the next two weeks, doing everything and anything possible to get OI supported candidates elected at local, state and federal levels. Here are some options:
Check the OI Elections Alert for place you can help this week. There are tons of places you can help. A new Alert will come out every Thursday until the elctionhttps://www.olympiaindivisible.com/oi-elections-alert.html
OI sponsored events – Check the OI calendar for the next week, and choose one or more of the events to participate in. https://www.olympiaindivisible.com/oi-calendar.html
Carolyn Long – She is the Democrat running in opposition to Republican Congressional Representative Jaime Herrera-Beutler in the 3rd district, immediately to the south of us. OI endorses her candidacy. This is a key battleground district in the effort to “flip the house” from Republican to Democratic control. Help her to victory by doorbelling, attending a town hall, donating or volunteering at a phonebank. These opportunities are listed at: https://events.mobilizeamerica.io/longforcongress/
See a whole new slate of opportunities to help Carolyn Long on the OI home page blog. https://www.olympiaindivisible.com/home/two-weeks-left-to-help-flip-the-3rd-and-flip-the-house
Irene Bowling – The Democrat running against Tim Sheldon, the incumbent in Senate District 35 who has caucused with the Republicans in the state legislature and allowed Republicans to control the Senate in earlier sessions. OI endorses her; this is one of the key battleground districts at the State level to ensure Democratic control of the Senate. Sign up to volunteer for her campaign at: https://irenebowling.com/volunteer/
Tye Menser – And at the local level, OI has endorsed Tye in his race for Thurston County Commissioner, against the conservative incumbent Bud Black. Tye's campaign is looking for at least 8 people to phonebank on 10/23, 10/30, and 11/4 from 5:30-8:30. They're meeting at 1014 4th Ave E, Olympia (Lisa Parsley's HQ).
Sign Waving in Lacey and Olympia
Join Tye’s team on the next two Friday nights, the Monday before the election, and Election night to wave signs at commuters.
Priority Locations are in Lacey:
(They'll have banners and signs there for you)
1) Martin Way and Marvin Road - southeast corner by Key Bank
2) College Street and Pacific Avenue - northeast corner by Pints and Quarts and
3) Plum Street and Union Avenue
(Please bring your own yard signs or contact them for some prior to that evening.)
Dates and times:
Friday October 26, 4:30 - 6 pm
Friday, November 2, 4:30 - 6 pm
Monday, November 5, 4:30 - dark
Tuesday, November 6, 4:30 to dark
Support National Indivisible endorsed candidates.
From National Indivisible:
Click this link, sign up for a phone bank shift, and help drive (early) voters to the polls for each and every one of our endorsed candidates. We’re phonebanking each. and. every. day. until this election is over to support the great work Indivisibles are doing on the ground, in their districts and states.
Here’s who we’re phonebanking this week:
Don’t Fall For Dirty Election Tricks By Right Wingers
From The Olympian:Mailer in Thurston County commission race called misleading -- by the person it claims to supportVoters have been receiving a mailer put out by a fake progressive group saying Tye Menser is not a progressive and to write in EJ Zita. This is an underhanded attempt to split progressive votes and it is totally bogus. Read all about it at the link below. Don’t fall for this trick and don’t let you friends fall for it. Spread the word! TYE IS THE GUY!
Killing a journalist and waging war – Stop weapons sales to Saudi Arabia:
Saudi Arabia has one of the worst human rights records in the world. The Saudi gov't continues to repress its citizens, they are waging an illegal and inhumane war on Yemen, and now they have killed a Washington Post journalist and US resident, Jamal Khashoggi, in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. There is no precedent for a gov't killing someone in its own consulate in another country. Trump stated clearly this week that he did not want to halt the $100 billion in arms sales to Saudi Arabia as that would hurt American jobs and Russia or China instead would sell those arms. But according to Business Insider, that deal has not yet been signed and the Saudis are also already negotiating with Russia in a weapons deal. The more important question is, do Americans value profits over human rights? While Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman may be close friends with Donald Trump and Jared Kushner, he clearly is not an ally of US citizens and we should not be arming this repressive regime.
As the fallout of this has escalated, Trump threatened “severe punishment” on Saudi Arabia, but the Saudi gov't is threatening the US in return and has vowed that it would respond with greater action. We know they are capable of harm, as they did fly two jets into the World Trade Center. Saudi Arabia is not capable of defeating the US, but this does present a challenge to Congress, do they stand up for human rights or sell their souls to Saudi Arabia for $100 billion in arms sales? As for Trump, now we can learn if he has any strength at all or if his words are just hot air and bluster.
Action: Call Republican leaders
Script for Republican Leadership:
My name is ____________, and I am calling to express my outrage that the US would go through with selling arms to Saudi Arabia after their continued disregard for human rights and especially the killing of the journalist and US resident, Jamal Khashoggi, in the Consulate in Istanbul. Saudi Arabia has one of the worst human rights records in the world and now they are showing that they do not have any regard for international law. The US has historically been a leading voice in human rights; we must return to those values now, and it is vital that Congress lead the way.
Note: It will be more effective if you are ambiguous about your home state and district. This is in respect to Republicans and the techniques they have employed over the years.
Senate local zip codes for their district
Mitch McConnell 202-224-2541 40202
Sen. Orin Hatch: 202-224-5251 84601
Sen. Bob Corker: 202-224-3344 38103
Sen. John Thune: 202-224-2321 57701
Sen. Roy Blunt: 202-224-5721 63105
Sen. John Barrasso 202-224-6441 82602
Sen. Cory Gardner: 202-224-5941 8020
Paul Ryan 202-225-3031 53403
Rep. Kevin McCarthy: 202-225-2915 93309
Rep. Steve Scalise: 202-225-3015 70005
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers: 202-225-2006 99201
Rep. Luke Messer: 202-225-3021 47305
October 19 Friday 6-8:00 pm
Olympia Indivisible Members TGIF Gathering!
Let's Win! RJ’s Gourmet Grill 318 4th Ave E Olympia
October 21 Sunday 1:00pm
Canvas for Democratic candidate Carolyn Long in CD3.
Meet at Santa Lucia Coffee House, 202 S. Tower Avenue Centralia
Jen Hoffman’s Americans of Conscience has additional actions you can do this week! https://americansofconscience.com/10-21-2019/