This is the first in a series of blogs presenting information about a significant player in the politics of the 2020 elections. The idea is that knowledge will help us make good decisions regarding our actions as the next elections become closer and closer.
Michelle Obama really needs no introduction. Her character and personality were on stage for 8 years as First Lady of the United States. She continues to speak her values. She has written memoirs that to me are a clear and powerful statement of what integrity and honesty look like. So this blog is a plea for everyone out there to read her book “On Becoming”.
For a person like me (a privileged white person) , it is difficult to imagine what growing up as a black girl in South Chicago could be like. Michelle paints a picture in vivid detail. How she came to have her values, what she experienced is written with excellent prose. The feeling produced for me was that she was leaving out nothing of significance. I wanted to applaud her parents.
Educational achievements started early and never stopped until a law degree from Harvard Law. Wow! Did a bit of law with a prominent firm, met a man (named Barack), then went into public service in Chicago.
Michelle shows us some tidbits of Barack not found elsewhere. We see them as a pair that work through their differences because of the shared integrity and honesty. Their devotion to their children is an important part of their story. Making decisions and sacrificing once decisions are made is significant for this part of the story.
A loud and clear message from Michelle is NEVER GIVE UP. Ignore any nay-sayers, believe that your efforts matter and continue the work. We just finished a two year fight and another is beginning that is at least as important as the last.
I consider this book an important political achievement. It is a picture of what we can strive for in our leadership. We may not find candidates that can match the clear integrity of Michelle and Barack. However, the picture here will give us a perspective for choosing.
Policy and Party dynamics are not subjects here. This story is about VALUES and RESOLVE. The ‘Who is …’ blogs to follow will strive to discover policy and party dynamics as they mix with values. Our voice in the coming contests will have a clearer message when we know who we are supporting (or not) in more intimate detail.
By OI member Glen Hubbard
Two years ago the election of Trump to the highest position in our republic resulted in the Indivisible Guide. We read it and OI has since been fighting the erosion to our “small d” democracy. The battles have included the loosening of the protection for DACA and TPS, no action on continued gun violence, no funding for infrastructure, threats to the rule of law and the continuation of the Special Investigation conducted by Robert Mueller, the sabotage of the ACA just to name a few. We were playing defense
The Republicans no longer control the House It is time to go on offense. Indivisible 2.0 guide is now out and ready for you to download, read and act upon. It’s time to build on our accomplishments from the elections and push our MOC's to fight the Trump agenda.
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READ CONGRESS IS BACK JANUARY 3. THIS IS WHAT WE EXPECT.
CALL TO ACTION RALLY
LET'S SHINE SOME LIGHT ON TRUMP'S OBSTRUCTION!
Thursday Nov 8, 2018 5:00 PM Capitol North Steps, Leg Bldg
The Mueller investigation has already yielded a string of high-profile indictments and plea deals. General Michael Flynn, former National Security Advisor to Trump, has reached a plea deal with the Special Counsel in which Flynn agreed to cooperate with the investigation after admitting to lying to the FBI about his conversations with Russia. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort also agreed to cooperate with Mueller pleaded guilty to several charges, including conspiracy against the United States. (Let that sink in: the person who managed Trump’s presidential campaign has now been charged with conspiracy against the United States.) Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance laws at Trump’s direction. Manafort’s associate Rick Gates has pleaded guilty on two counts, and Trump campaign foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his communications with Russia. Special Counsel Mueller has also indicted thirteen Russians on allegations of interfering in the U.S. elections.
These developments are the latest evidence that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation continues to get closer to the truth. Tell Congress to act. Every Member of Congress should be immediately and publicly calling for two things:
1. Matthew Whitaker must recuse himself from overseeing the Mueller investigation
2. Congress must launch investigations into Trump’s obstruction of justice—and Democrats should be publicly committing to do so when they
take control of the House in January.
There is no longer “nothing we can do” about Trump’s antics. The Democrats will take over the House of Representatives in January and we will demand that they prioritize using their new powers to hold Trump accountable. HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN DO:
CALL TO ACTION
1. Gather on the State Capitol Leg Bldg north steps at 5 PM, 11/8/18. WEAR warm clothes, BRING signs, snacks/water, and a FLASHLIGHT or light
sticks/lantern (smartphones have them built in) to SHINE SOME LIGHT ON TRUMP'S OBSTRUCTION!
2. Tell your MoC: Call for Whitaker to recuse himself Trump just fired Jeff Sessions as Attorney General and replaced him with Matthew Whitaker.
If you don’t know Matthew Whitaker, he’s a political hack who has spoken in great detail about ways to hurt the Mueller investigation. It’s pretty obvious why Trump chose Whitaker. The Blue Wave flipped the House of Representatives into Democratic control, and Mueller is getting closer to the truth about Trump’s crimes and corruption. So he essentially replaced Mueller’s old boss (Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein) with a new boss that has no problem intervening and obstructing justice.
This is a red line, and Trump just crossed it. Now it’s time to act. Tell your Member of Congress to publicly call for Matthew Whitaker to recuse himself from overseeing the Mueller investigation.
Call Your Member of Congress Now!
Senator Patty Murray (253) 572-3636/(202) 224-2621
Senator Maria Cantwell (253) 572-2281/(202) 224-3441
Representative Denny Heck (360) 459-8514/(202) 225-9740
Caller: Hi! I’m a constituent from [part of state] I’m calling to urge [MoC] to act immediately because Trump just crossed a red line. The Acting Attorney General, Matthew Whitaker, has talked openly about shuttering the Mueller investigation and how he’d do it. Trump is obviously trying to interfere in the investigation and called it a “hoax.” I want to urge [MoC] to publicly call for Whitaker to recuse himself and for a congressional investigation into Trump’s obstruction of justice.
Staffer: Thank you for your call. [MoC] is monitoring the various investigations closely and is letting them run their course.
Caller: That’s good, but it’s really important for Congress to assert its power now to protect the investigation and hold Trump accountable. Can I expect [MoC] to issue this statement immediately?
Staffer: I’ll pass that along to [MoC]
Caller: Great, I’ll be following to see if [MoC] speaks out on this.
IF you haven't RSVP'd yet, you may do so here: NOBODY IS ABOVE THE LAW OLYMPIA
Please come dressed for the weather - bring your signs, snacks, water, and an umbrella.
PLEASE bring a flashlight, lantern or led/light stick to SHINE SOME LIGHT ON TRUMP'S OBSTRUCTION. See you there!
Questions/concerns: NIATLOly@gmail.com Text/Call: 360-402-1804 Event is public.
The Steering Committee Members of Olympia Indivisible, Grey Resistance Indivisible, Indivisible Thurston County and Concerned Citizens of Hartstine Island, representing 3,594 Indivisible Members, issued this letter today to Senators Murray and Cantwell, and Congressmen Heck and Kilmer.
Copies of the letter were also distributed to Governor Inslee, Washington State Senators Becker, Braun, Hunt and Sheldon, and Washington State Representatives Barkus, Wilcox, DeBolt, Orcutt, Dolan, Doglio, Griffey and MacEwen. (Representing LDs 2, 20, 22 and 35)
Dear Senator Murray, Senator Cantwell and Congressmen Heck and Kilmer,
We, the undersigned, are writing to you on behalf of our Indivisible chapters because we are deeply alarmed by the current wave of propaganda manufactured by POTUS, GOP strategists, politicians and the right-wing news media which is rippling across the nation. Fox News, GOP politicians, and right-wing pundits are parroting President Trump’s irresponsible and inflammatory rhetoric. His attacks on anyone supporting the Democratic Party or seeking to oppose his increasing authoritarianism are now painting us as an angry mob of radical, violent anarchists.
We need you to come forward with definitive and unflinching rebuttal of these hateful, false, and cynical assertions. All responsible elected representatives must speak out against this attempt to create a dangerous environment for the open, peaceful expression of divergent political views.
This is who we ARE: 100% volunteer-driven grassroots groups of citizens in Congressional Districts 6 and 10 who have come together to peacefully protect and revitalize our nation’s democratic institutions and progressive values and programs. We formed our chapters from our living rooms beginning in January 2017. Since then, we have met with our elected representatives and their staff, marched and rallied peacefully, registered voters, canvassed, phone-banked, and written letters to the editor of our local newspapers.
Political leaders who would impose authoritarian regimes must fear democracy and suppress peaceful political dissent. In branding those who do not swear unquestioning allegiance to him as violent, angry mobs, Trump and his supporters in politics and the media spread the idea that the Democratic Party in particular--and all political opposition in general, no matter how peaceful--are a threat to Americans. This is the road to unfreedom. We will speak out against these dangerous lies with courage and conviction, but we need you to use the power of your position now to stand with us and amplify our voices. Please speak out on our behalf and petition White House and Senate leadership to cease this dangerous rhetoric.