Below are some actions that need your support.
Immediate Action Needed
Currently there are two bills before our federal legislators. Take action and contact the folks below.
- Rural tribes finally have a shot at faster internet
- Here is an older paper "No Connection: The Issue of Internet on the Reservation by Emily Siess, but it does bring forward general issues of internet in Indian Country
- Another reference is "Native Americans On Tribal Land Are 'The Least Connected' To High-Speed Internet"
Familias Unidas por la Justicia and Community to Community Development are currently supporting six farmworker strikes in Yakima County in solidarity with workers who have walked off the job due to health and safety concerns around Covid-19. Workers at Allan Brothers Fruit walked out on May 7 after at least 14 of their co-workers tested positive for Covid-19. Yakima County has the highest single-county infection rate of coronavirus on the West Coast. Thanks to pressure from farmworkers and their advocates Emergency Rules for Housing in Agriculture went into effect on May 18. However these rules are not adequate for this pandemic as they do not require the ratios for housing, showers, sinks, cooking and food storage facilities, laundry, and bunkbeds to reflect CDC social distancing protocols and will likely lack proper enforcement. You can support by taking any or all of the below actions!
- Call the fruit companies
- Allan Bros. Fruit in Naches, WA (509) 653-2625
- Hansen Fruit in Yakima, WA (509) 457-4153
- Jack Frost Fruit Co. in Yakima, WA (509) 248-5231
- Matson Fruit Co. in Selah, WA (509) 697-7100
- Monson Fruit Co. in Selah, WA (509) 697-9175
- Columbia Reach in Yakima, WA (509) 457-8001
- Contact the Governor's Office and Office of the Attorney General
- Governor Inslee's Office: 360-902-4111 (option 2 to skip the recording and leave a comment)
- Office of the Attorney General: Labor and Personnel contact form
This year, the UUA General Assembly will be online, June 24 - 28. You can register at https://uua.ungerboeck.com/prod/emc00/PublicSignIn.aspx?&SessionID=fg4fa3fh0fg6ff3&Lang=* The online registration fee is much less than the normal fee, and there will be no travel costs. There will be workshops, worship services, speakers and business sessions online. There will also be virtual booths, for example Ministry for Earth's virtual booth. For a sampling of the sessions and workshops, see https://www.uua.org/ga/off-site/registrants We encourage all members of JUUstice Washington to attend and participate in this year's GA.
Sunrise Seattle is organizing a remote phone action every day during the week of May 18 in solidarity with the Washington state farmworkers currently striking for COVID-19 protections and hazard pay. Click here to sign up for a shift to take action at the same time as others, or use the following information to take action when you can.
BackgroundFamilias Unidas por la Justicia and Community to Community Development are currently supporting six farmworker strikes in Washington State, as workers call for better health and safety protocols due to COVID-19. Although Emergency Rules for Housing in Agriculture go into effect on May 18, they are not adequate for the pandemic (e.g. do not require the ratios for housing, showers, sinks, cooking and food storage facilities, laundry, and bunkbeds to reflect CDC social distancing protocols) and are likely to not be adequately enforced. These farmworkers continue to work hard during this global pandemic to ensure that we have food to eat, but they are being exploited. You can help support their efforts to win protections by contacting the farms, Governor Inslee, and the Attorney General following our guide below – and by donating to the strike fund here. Note about Tone We want to get our message across without burning any bridges. We are asking farm owners to negotiate in good faith with workers and not retaliate. We need to do our part to make workers’ demands heard, while also setting both parties up to have fruitful negotiations going forward. Be direct, but also polite.
Take ActionWe hope that you can join us by taking the following six actions today (or sometime this week):
- Call the fruit companies
- Email the fruit companies
- Call the WA Governor
- Email the WA Attorney General
- Post on social media
- Report back on your actions went
We are currently in the midst of an unprecedented strike wave in the fruit processing plants of the Yakima valley. Strikes like these have not been seen in WA State since the 1980s. Packing shed workers and their families are organizing in solidarity across six picket lines to stop retaliation for complaining about poor health and safety conditions in the workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 100 workers at Allan Bros. Fruit walked out on Thursday, May 7th after at least fourteen of their co-workers tested positive for COVID-19. Ramon Torres, President of Familias Unidas por la Justicia, was called by the workers to come to Yakima and assist in presenting demands to the company. In the days that followed, over 400 workers across five other packing facilities -- Frosty Packing Co., Matson Fruit Company, Monson Fruit Company, Hansen Fruit and Cold Storage Co., and Columbia Reach -- proceeded to go on strike, peacefully and legally demanding protections and hazard pay as the numbers of worker infected by COVID-19 grew in this deadly pandemic.
As C2C has been warning for months, without enforceable protections issued through mandatory emergency rules for farmworkers, the pandemic will continue to peak in rural communities as we near the height of the season. As of reports this month, Yakima County has the highest single-county infection rate of coronavirus on the West Coast. Unsurprisingly, the state agencies tasked with responding to unsafe working conditions and unfair labor practices -- the Department of Health and Labor and Industries -- are noticeably absent in this time of need. LNI has visited workplaces on strike, but bypassed the affected workers on the picket line to go speak directly to the owners and workers inside, and left without registering complaints from striking workers. As the historic worker organizing grew, the organizers from Familias Unidas called C2C eco-feministas for support.
It's Time Our Elected Officials #ActOnIt and Move Their Talk into Action to #FreeThemAllGo to https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2632349890425924 to watch and share La Resistencia’s latest video, featuring testimonies from family members with detained loved ones, Senator Rebecca Saldaña, essential workers, formerly detained community members, lawyers, Shutdown Coalition members and more. Everyone has a shared message: #FreeThemAll! Detention Centers have been and always will be a public health crisis. Both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tacoma City Council, state legislators and Gov. Inslee have all expressed concern over the neglect and mistreatment of people detained at NWDC. It’s time they #ActOnIt to #FreeThemAll from NWDC and take steps to #ShutDownNWDC during this global pandemic. This week, you can help us pressure our electeds to send a letter to the local ICE Field Office Director Nathalie Asher, urging her to free everyone from NWDC immediately. Emptying the cages is not just the right thing to do for public health, it’s a path to shutting the facility down!
3 Things You Can Do TODAYEmail and call elected officials. You can find scripts below in this email or a text-only version online at https://docs.google.com/document/d/13CHKUD7bI2WkiNsvLjW_1aLG3LXvUpogMBw7i68wMLo/edit After you've sent those emails & calls, make it public! Tweet at your elected officials, tagging them. And share our video, FB post and IG post on your social media! Share this CTA, take a picture of yourself with the text #ActOnIt #ShutDownNWDC #FreeThemAll and tag 5 friends to join you in action. Tag us @LaResistenciaNW
Today's Action Contact Info & TemplatesGovernor Inslee
Governor Jay Inslee, 360-902-4111
David Postman, Chief of Staff, firstname.lastname@example.org, 360-902-4112
Alejandro Sanchez, Special Assistant, Alejandro.Sanchez@gov.wa.gov, 360-902-4124
Molly Voris, Senior Policy Advisor, Public Health and Health Care, email@example.com, 360-902-0557Tacoma City Council, Mayor Woodards
Mayor Victoria Woodards, (253) 594-7848, Victoria.firstname.lastname@example.org
CM John Hines, (253) 591-5470, email@example.com
CM Robert Thoms, (253) 594-7848, firstname.lastname@example.org
Deputy Mayor Keith Blocker, (253) 591-5470, email@example.com
CM Catherine Ushka,(253) 594-7848, firstname.lastname@example.org
CM Lillian Hunter, (253) 594-7848, email@example.com
CM Conor McCarthy, (253) 594-7848, firstname.lastname@example.org
CM Kristina Walker, (253) 591-5470, email@example.com
CM Chris Beale, (253) 591-5470, firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant to the City Manager Anita Gallagher, (253) 591-5133, email@example.comState Legislators
House Speaker Laurie Jinkins, Laurie.Jinkins@leg.wa.gov
Legislative Assistant for Laurie Jinkins, Ann Dasch, Ann.Dasch@leg.wa.gov
Senator Jeannie Darneille, J.Darneille@leg.wa.gov
Legislative Assistant for Darneille, Lisa Fisch, firstname.lastname@example.org
Representative Jake Fey, Jake.Fey@leg.wa.gov
Legislative Assistant for Jake Fey, Anna Nepomuceno, Anna.Nepomuceno@leg.wa.gov
Draft Email Template for GovernorEmail addresses to send to: email@example.com Alejandro.Sanchez@gov.wa.gov firstname.lastname@example.org Dear Governor Inslee, I am a [WASHINGTON RESIDENT/HEALTHCARE WORKER/ETC] and I am [WRITING/CALLING] to ask that you write a follow up letter (view template letter here) to ICE Field Director Nathalie Asher, urging her to release everyone from NWDC and provide weekly updates on the number of people released. In your own words, “We do not accept preventable death in Washington.” Conditions in detention were already deplorable, but under the threat of a global pandemic it is imperative to release everyone in detention before it is too late. We know there are over 900 positive cases of COVID-19 in detention sites across the country, minimal testing and transparency from ICE, and at least one “recovered positive” inside NWDC right now. We also received news from people detained that ICE officers at NWDC are staging photos in a pod under quarantine (where one person is awaiting a test) to make it look like social distancing is possible. Please act on your written commitment to “protect the health of those detained at the Northwest Detention Center” and amplify the voices of your constituents in demanding mass release and transparency from ICE. Sincerely, [YOUR NAME] [ANY ORGANIZATIONS YOU REPRESENT]
Draft Email / Phone Call for Mayor and City Councilkristina.email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Victoria.firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Dear Tacoma City Council Members, Mayor Victoria Woodards, and Assistant to the City Manager Anita Gallagher, I am [WRITING/CALLING] to urge you to follow up on your April 24th letter to ICE with the following actions to protect the health and safety of the people inside the Northwest Detention Center:
- Pass a non-binding resolution calling for the immediate release of all people from NWDC
- Write a follow up letter (view template letter here) to ICE Field Director Nathalie Asher, urging her to release everyone from NWDC and provide weekly updates on the number of people released
Draft Email / Phone Call for State LegislatorsJ.Darneille@leg.wa.gov email@example.com Jake.Fey@leg.wa.gov Anna.Nepomuceno@leg.wa.gov Laurie.Jinkins@leg.wa.gov Ann.Dasch@leg.wa.gov Dear House Speaker Jinkins, Senator Darneille, and Representative Fey, I am a [WASHINGTON RESIDENT/HEALTHCARE WORKER/ETC] and I would like to thank you for contacting ICE in DC on May 5th with your concerns about the well being of people detained at NWDC. I am [WRITING/CALLING] today to remind you that the privately-run Northwest Detention Center continues to pose an urgent public health threat, and to ask that you write a follow up letter (view template letter here) to ICE Field Director Nathalie Asher, urging her to release everyone from NWDC and provide weekly updates on the number of people released. In the words of your colleague Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self, “It is wrong and immoral to profit from the misfortune of others.” It’s time to act on those words. Conditions in detention were already deplorable, but under the threat of a global pandemic it is imperative to release everyone in detention. We know there are over 900 positive cases of COVID-19 in detention sites across the country — and at least one “recovered positive” inside NWDC. We also received news from people detained that ICE officers at NWDC are staging photos in a pod under quarantine (where one person is awaiting a test) to make it look like social distancing is possible. Please act now, before it is too late. Sincerely, [YOUR NAME] [ANY ORGANIZATIONS YOU REPRESENT]
Updates from InsideStay updated on conditions inside by listening to testimony from those detained at the NWDC here. Since late March people detained have staged at least 3 hunger strikes and one work stoppage. All calling for immediate release of all people detained who are “sitting ducks” for a contagion of COVID19. Detention conditions have worsened in the middle of the global pandemic; we've received reports of scabies, mistreatment from guards, denied medical care and access to COVID19 tests, transfers to other facilities, and ongoing deportations. People detained staged a SOS action at the yard last April 15th, sending us a distress signal in hopes we would listen and act. There are over 900 positive cases in detention centers across the country. ICE rate of testing is low because they have tested a small number of people out of the 28,000 plus people they continue detaining. This is why we support the call to #FreeThemAll and #ShutDownNWDC.
Download #FreeThemAll Coloring Book(https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5917516cb8a79b8c6e2bf67e/t/5ebc440fb499bb7eea6709bb/1589396528347/FreeThemAll_Final_Optimized.pdf) A group of 20 artists from across the US released a print-at-home coloring book to raise funds for undocumented communities impacted by COVID-19. In exchange for a free download, the artists are asking folks to make a donation to one of several funds listed on our website, which includes Resistencia! You can download the entire book (more than 50 pages!) or just individual artworks that speak to you. Share your creations with the hashtags #freethemallcoloringbook #freethemall #liberenatodos #liberenatodx.
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson need your help to make sure all our voices are heard in November. They, along with their friend, Michelle Obama, co-chair When We All Vote, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the race and age voting gap.
"Yes, we had COVID-19. Yes, we made the news, and luckily, we got through it. But we know there are millions of Americans and families across this country who have been put in desperate situations and have not come out so lucky. We've seen firsthand the effect this disease can have on our families and communities, and now we need your help to make sure it doesn't stop anyone from voting in the upcoming elections."
Just like Michelle Obama said, "No one should have to choose between making their voices heard and being healthy and safe."
This is where you come in—yes, you reading this email! Sign When We All Vote’s petition telling Congress to support the Natural Disaster and Emergency Ballot Act of 2020.
The novel coronavirus pandemic is having devastating health and economic consequences in the US and around the world. And while the virus does not discriminate, communities of color are disproportionately affected. Intersecting systems of oppression such as racism and classism are compounding the harmful effects of COVID-19, resulting in alarming disparities between whites and other racial/ethnic groups, particularly African Americans, Latinxs, and Native Americans.While white people have been affected by the pandemic in different ways, many of us are feeling heightened distress, fear, helplessness, guilt, and other emotions simultaneously as we try to navigate this situation. At the same time, some folks have also felt a newly-found sense of gratitude and motivation to take action.
If you are one of these white people, come join us for our second online Action Lab, where we will take no more than 30 minutes to (1) frame this moment through an anti-racist lens and (2) collectively take a few action steps to support those who are hit the hardest by this pandemic.
1:00 to 1:30 pm via Zoom
Intended for white people but others are welcome to join*
*If you are heavily involved in organizing with CARW’s partner organizations (La Resistencia, Got Green, Duwamish Tribe, etc.), this action lab might not be for you. But feel free to check it out if you’d like, you’re welcome to even if you’re heavily involved in that organizing!
If you plan to attend, please register here: https://washington.zoom.us/
We hope to see you there.
This moment exposes the failures of structures of support and the gaps are being filled by those in our communities most impacted by COVID. We see structures outside of the state creating nimble systems that get people’s needs met, keep them safe and build and strengthen relationships. The government has responded to provide small, one-time cash support - support we know will be insufficient to address the precarity people are facing, and support we know those of us who are undocumented, formerly incarcerated and housing unstable won’t be able to access. Some of us are receiving stimulus support who don’t need the extra cushion.
On Tuesday, May 5th, Tacoma City Council will hold a remote Public Hearing to consider whether to renew the city’s temporary fossil fuel moratorium, known as the Tideflats Interim Regulations. These regulations are critical to prevent new fossil fuel facilities, especially bulk oil storage and trans loading, in Tacoma’s industrial lands and must be renewed. However, they also fall short of providing all the protections that Tacoma needs by continuing to permit expansions of existing facilities without additional oversight.
Our local coalition—Protect Tacoma’s Tideflats—is asking organizations from across the Stand Up To Oil coalition and across the region to sign-on in support of renewing and strengthening these regulations.Like so many of our fights, this fight connects our communities from across the region as oil trains coming to the Port of Tacoma pass through Eastern Washington and through the Gorge, while oil vessels coming to and from Tacoma pose an oil spill risk to all of Puget Sound’s shoreline communities. Tacoma is a critical part of our regional defense and we need your support!
If you would like to sign on please complete this easy GoogleForm by 10am on Tuesday, May 5th. The letter can also be viewed here.
US Sanctions on Venezuela and Iran before and during COVID-19 and Organizing Our PNW Community to Make Humane PolicyUS Sanctions on Venezuela and Iran before and during COVID-19 and Organizing Our PNW Community to Make Humane Policy
Featured Speaker Dan Kovalik Sunday May 3, 3 - 4:30 pm. Register for Zoom webinar here.