Below are some actions that need your support.
Immediate Action Needed
From the Seattle King County Coalition on Homelessness (SKCCH): We need a strong HOUSING focus in federal COVID-19 relief: Pass the Emergency Housing Protections & Relief Act of 2020 The House of Representatives just passed crucial housing and homelessness resources in the "Emergency Housing Protections and Relief Act of 2020" aka H.R. 7301. This bill is a TOP priority for every advocacy group concerned about the need to get more people housed, keep people in their homes, and prevent dramatic increases in homelessness. Our partners at the National Low Income Housing Coalition have made it easy to send your Senators a note to VOTE YES on HR. 7301. Ask people you know in other states to join you. We need a strong push across all 50 states to make sure the federal response to COVID-19 prioritizes homes and prevent homelessness.
Virtual town halls are the new norm when it comes to communicating with our elected officials. With there being so many different ways to host a virtual town hall, we at Town Hall Project want to make sure our members of Congress are truly listening to their constituents. To do this, we need YOUR help. We need volunteers to (virtually) attend these town halls and report back on how accessible they truly are. This is volunteering you can do from the comfort and safety of your own home, in as little as 1-2 hours per week. And it will be critical in holding our lawmakers accountable. Please sign up here to join our team of Town Hall Monitors. Together we can hold our members of Congress accountable. With Kind Regards, Zoë Tapert Organizing Director, Town Hall Project
Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites Asks for Your Voice at City Council Defund-the-Police Budget Hearing, June 8, 2020
The Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites is MOBILIZING to DEFUND the SPD by 50% and REINVEST IN BLACK AND BROWN COMMUNITIES. We have until July 17th to influence the city budget. As a people who have historically benefited from the institution of police, we have a responsibility to advocate for its abolition. JULY 8th
City Council Budget Hearing 10am
ASK: To call into a Zoom Call with your image as Defund SPD
Please sign up here
Budget Hearing Report Back 6 pm
If you're unable to attend the Budget Hearing, please attend the Hearing Report Back
Please sign up hereJULY 9th
Phone + E-mail ZAP
Make it clear to undecided Council Members that White folks support defunding the SPDWHICH COUNCIL MEMBERS NEED PRESSURE?
Currently, 4 City Council Members have publicly committed to defund SPD by 50%: Tammy Morales, Lorena Gonzalez, Teresa Mosqueda, and Kshama Sawant.
In order for the proposal of defunding the police by @ least 50% to be even considered, the City Council needs at least one more Council Member to make the 50% defund commitment.
According to our sources, Dan Strauss, Lisa Herbold and Alex Lewis are the most persuadable in regards to committing to defund the police by 50%.
Attached is a summary of the rule change regarding asylum and talking points for writing comments. Please review the information provided and send in offer comments. Ray Garrido, Legal Services Director at Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center graciously granted permission for us to use this summary document. Please comment today. Instructions are inside the attached doc.
Asylum Rule Talking Points
Last month, the Trump Administration issued a proposed regulation which would make it much more difficult for asylum seekers to obtain protection in the United States. However, there is still time to voice your opposition to this dangerous proposal and help ensure it does not go into effect. This new regulation represents the most sweeping assault on the asylum system under the Trump administration. If the regulation goes into effect, it could become nearly impossible for community members fleeing violence to obtain humanitarian relief. The federal government is obligated to review and address every single comment submitted by the July 15th deadline - make sure they read yours by submitting a comment today.
In this time of pandemic and economic crisis, Congress is more out of touch than ever. With public health restrictions keeping lawmakers from meeting in-person in their communities, far too many are only seeing this crisis through the news. We at Town Hall Project are convinced that if our elected leaders were able to hold in-person town halls right now they'd see just how bad this crisis is -- and how much worse it could get. But in just four weeks, expanded unemployment benefits and other vital support will end -- unless Congress acts. So it's vitally important we lift up the stories of Americans at the front line of this crisis. If you, or a loved one, are unemployed and depending on expanded support to make rent, mortgage, or other basic needs, your story can make a real difference. Please: share your story today and we'll help elevate it -- in social media, in virtual town halls, and through the news media -- to make sure Congress understands.townhallproject.com mutualaidhub.org
Black Collective Voice Page Engage Series, Part 2 "From Black Lives Matter to Black Liberation," July 3, 2020, Seattle
The WA Low Income Housing Alliance works toward the opportunity for all Washington residents to live in safe, healthy, affordable homes in thriving communities. They sponsor a weekly webinar to highlight work and provide action points on these issues.
Examples of recent/coming meetings: Marc Dones joined us July 1st to share about the newly formed Center on Housing Justice, an arm of the National Innovation Service that will focus on dismantling structural racism inside our nation’s housing and homeless service systems, and redesigning toward an equitable future! On July 8th, we'll be joined by Lowel Krueger from the Yakima Housing Authority and Amber Johnson from SNAP to discuss how COVID-19 is impacting their tenants.
If you would like to submit a question ahead of the call, please use this form to do so! We will do our very best to answer your questions during the call or in follow-up correspondence.
You can register for the call at this link, or by clicking the button above. After registering, you should receive a confirmation email with the call-in information and a password. If for some reason you do not, please email John at email@example.com to make sure you get it.
Public Citizen Launching Democracy Defender Training Program to Protect the Vote - No Experience Required
While COVID-19 cases continue to rise in states across the country, too many states lack critical resources to ensure safe and accessible voting this fall. We know that ramping up vote-by-mail, expanding early voting, and offering safe in-person voting on election day is possible, but only if we secure resources and commitments from national, state, and local leaders. That’s why Public Citizen is launching our Democracy Defenders initiative, which will launch a coordinated effort to protect our elections from now through election day.
Apply now to become a Democracy Defender to receive training and resources to help you lead the local effort to protect our elections. No previous experience required!
Food is a basic need, and healthy local food should be a fundamental right. At the heart of the food system is the seed. Our current food system is so broken - in most all ways. Join Backbone for two events, this Friday and next Wednesday. We will talk about the effects of racism and colonization on our food system and how those oppressive systems relate to growing a garden and saving your seeds.
Scroll down for detailed info on each virtual event and to register.1. Backbone is honored and grateful to host a conversation with Farmers Lawrence Jenkins and Aleta Haskins, of The Circle of Life Gardens: Friday, June 26th, 11:30am (Pacific). 2. Following on our Conversation is a Virtual Workshop on Seed Saving: Wednesday, July 1st, 4pm (Pacific).
Sunrise Movement, in recognition of the intersection between Black Lives Matter and Climate Change issues, has published a detailed 9-page guide for Taking Action for Black Lives. Included are ideas for how to support Black Lives Matter protests, talking points and how to be safe at protests. Access the guide here.
In addition, attend trainings at CHOP/Cal Anderson Park, Seattle
Non Violent Civil Disobedience Training w. Rev. Sekou (6/24)
Non Violent Civil Disobedience Training w. Rev. Sekou (6/25)
This weekend, June 19-21, we're joining the Movement for Black Lives in a Juneteenth mobilization in your community, in Washington, DC, and from your own home. Together we join in the calls to defund the police, invest in Black communities, and call for Trump’s resignation.
Read more and find an event here.
Breaking News from the ACLU
The Supreme Court just handed down a tremendous decision: Under federal law, employers cannot fire or otherwise discriminate against workers just for being LGBTQ.
Let's be clear: This means it is illegal to fire someone, or refuse to hire them, for being LGBTQ in all 50 states. It is a historic ruling, but there are still critical gaps that must be addressed.
In the face of a global pandemic, these gaps are a matter of life and death. Discrimination has already contributed to the premature death of our two clients.
John, we need to mobilize now to build momentum around the Court's decision. We can secure comprehensive nondiscrimination protections by urging Congress to pass the Equality Act. Send an urgent message to your senators now.
- This is a time to join community in grief and mourning. Please don’t disrespect that by initiating chanting or booing.
- We encourage you to bring signs and other visual ways of making your voices heard during the protest.
- Maintain 6 feet distance from everyone who’s not in your household. There will be plenty of room, so be willing to spread out and expand the footprint of the march!
- Bring appropriate facial coverings (mask, cloth, scarf, bandana, etc)
- Bring gloves.
- Bring hand sanitizer.
- Do NOT attend if you are sick, exhibiting symptoms, or if you believe you have come into contact with someone who had COVID-19.
- Do this in the interest of mitigating your risk of coming into contact with the virus.
- Plan your visit to the area in advance so that you know how you will be getting home before you arrive at the protest.
A wonderful opportunity!The UUA/Poor People's Campaign has reached out to UUJEC to join their effort for economic justice. We've always felt we were a good fit but somehow never connected. We need volunteers This great opportunity means we need to increase our capacity. Our volunteers will meet for an hour meeting monthly and a few more hours to do the actual work. We need leaders and workers. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get you set up. Looking for poor people to share their story Can you help point the council towards any UUs that are low-income folks, perhaps willing to speak of that experience (to witness) as part of a Church of the Larger Fellowship service on June 14, 2020, centered on PPC? See PPC video. More ways to help
I'm writing to ask if UUJEC can do several things to support UU involvement in the PPC, especially in these final days leading into Sat. June 20th -- a major milestone for PPC. See the UUA announcement on the formation of a UU leadership council HERE or UUSJ's promulgation in our May eNews, of which I am a part. (Several council members are CCed here.)
As you know, this is a deeply troubling moment in our nation, rife with an unfolding national conversation about the disproportionate economic impacts of the pandemic and the cross-cutting role of systems of criminalization and racial injustice as entrenched policy and social structures. For this reason, it feels even more deeply important for UUs to support campaigns that center the leadership of poor and low-income people, people of color, and other disenfranchised folks in our society. The PPC is such a campaign.
So I'd ask on behalf of the UUA’s PPC Leadership Council for several steps in the assistance of the council and our UU denomination's commitment to the PPC.
UUJEC Contacts: Very Timely/Urgent -- Can you help connect the council with any UUs that are low-income folks, willing to speak of that experience (to witness) as part of a Church of the Larger Fellowship service on June 14, 2020, centered on PPC? I'm thinking of folks perhaps like your brave UUJEC member who spoke directly to Sen. Portman (OH) during our joint UU conference in 2017 (Reversing Inequality: Healthcare Justice is a UU Value). Personal stories like his will help the PPC council win hearts and minds.
UUJEC Promotion: Can you promulgate the special UU RSVP for June 20th and encourage UUs in the UUJEC network to register and attend several times going into June 20th in ~10 days? In so doing you'd be joining the UUA, SideWithLove, and UUSJ. You can see in UUSJ’s June eNews and our events list how UUSJ is striving to promote (in part). You may have seen some of our eBlasts. UUSJ is also posting events and content to Facebook as possible. Please consider closely what UUJEC can do to support the promotion of PPC. Here is the PPC's digital toolkit that offers text & graphics to make things easier.
UUJEC Connection: Rev. Robin Tanner, NJ is a UU minister from NJ and also a lead national faith organizer for the PPC. She might be able to speak to UUJEC stakeholders to explain the PPC campaign and its goals and especially its economic justice commitments. I will comment here, I can think of few national campaigns beyond the PPC that are so clearly aligned with UUJEC's general interest in restructuring the American economy away from escalating inequality, rampant inequity, and towards justice, equity, and service to the human condition.
UUJEC Follow-on: Please consider having an internal conversation during the next month or so, on if or how UUJEC can support UU mobilization and participation in the PPC heading towards November. It is my understanding after we “click” past June 20th the PPC will be more focused on Voter Mobilization and GOTV activity engaging poor and low-income participation. As you know from our two conferences together, if we can get candidates who take structural inequity and inequality seriously as a policy area, we will have more traction and support for policies in the next congress that reflect UU values and principles. This is generally consistent with UUA's UU the Vote campaign, and UUSJ's joint project with Reeb Voting Rights Project (review an upcoming event June 17 HERE or RSVP). On how PPC activity dovetails with UU the Vote, Susan Leslie, UUA might offer referrals to specific staff.
It is my sincere hope that UUJEC can look at what is possible in response to this request for connection and assistance from the UUA PPC Leadership Council.
In love and for justice,
The Yakima Herald-Republic reports: Workers at the Columbia Reach plant in Yakima have had to tap into their inner strength as their strike approaches the four-week mark. Columbia Reach is the last fruit-packing plant with workers on strike. While workers at other plants have been able to reach agreements with employers, those at Columbia Reach have yet to even have an in-person meeting with company officials. The company has only agreed to one-on-one conversations with human resources, said Rosalinda Gonzalez, a member of the workers’ committee. “They don’t want to meet (us) as a group,” she said.
You Can Help:
Call Columbia Reach, Yakima, WA: (509) 457-8001
Urge management to to meet with workers and respond to demands
Over two days from June 9th and 10th, Jesuit Ministries in Seattle, Spokane, and Tacoma will host a virtual Vigil (a devotional watching or keeping awake in the Catholic tradition) calling for support of and financial relief for undocumented workers in Washington State during this time of COVID-19. This effort was initially conceived and supported by over 430 organizations across Washington State in a letter to the Governor, including several Jesuit organizations. This vigil is in support of our collective efforts to demand dignity, justice and wellness for our immigrant & refugee communities. FACEBOOK EVENT HERE The Vigil will include statements from faith leaders, state representatives, undocumented workers, and service providers, along with prayers and music. Previously, these Jesuit ministries authored a letter and action alert calling for a WA State fund to support these workers. Vigil leaders and presenters come from Jesuit works in Seattle, Spokane, and Tacoma, numbering almost 2,500 households, , and hundreds of their parishioners will participate online. There will also be a limited number of participants standing in vigil in person at St. Joseph Parish in Seattle. The vigil will be widely publicized in all three communities and across the state. We expect there will be at least 200 participants online. WHO: Jesuit ministries in Seattle, Spokane, and Tacoma live-streaming on Zoom and providing live witness at St. Joseph in Seattle (932 18th Ave E, Seattle, WA, 98112. WHAT: A Vigil in support of undocumented workers in Washington State. FACEBOOK EVENT HERE REGISTER HERE WHEN:
A broad coalition is calling for justice for the Reynolds 6: Six men -- Liban Adem, Isaiah Thomas, Daniel Kibby, Abdizikar Mohammed, Anthony Sams, and Zemetrious McNeal -- who were kicked out of the Reynolds Work Training Release program by the Department of Corrections just days short of their release and sent back into prison. The coalition believes this was in retaliation for the loved ones of some of the men protesting the unsafe conditions in the Reynolds facility in light of COVID-19. You can learn more and help achieve justice for the “Reynolds 6” and reunite them with their families by taking the action listed here: tinyurl.com/