Below are some actions that need your support.
Immediate Action Needed
- Sign this petition to return the sacred Black Hills to the original stewards and close Mt. Rushmore.
- Sign the Climate Mandate and call for the Biden Administration to appoint Representative Deb Haaland as Secretary of the Interior.
- We call on our allies to support, donate, and amplify our #LANDBACK campaign and join this movement for collective liberation.
Since Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network (WAISN) launched the WA COVID-19 Immigrant Relief Fund, over 55,000 people have applied and 16,000 applications have been approved! This is thanks to the tireless work of our community and our organizational partners doing vital outreach and application support. We have two weeks left to get as many applications as possible. That’s where you come in. Due to COVID-19, we haven’t been able to host in-person events to help our community members apply. But you can help by volunteering to be a Virtual Application Helper. The timing is completely flexible–just list the hours you’re available to help and wait for a community member to sign up. We also welcome any languages, so no need to only speak Spanish. Ready to volunteer? Join a required Application Assistance training:
- Nov. 30, 5:30-7:00
- Dec. 1, 6:00-8:00pm
- Dec. 2, 5:30-7:00pm
- Dec. 3, 6:00-8:00pm
The Washington State Senate will be meeting virtually this year and next. In preparation for the session that begins in January, the Senate Environment Committee will be meeting virtually on December 1, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. The following topics will be discussed:
Voter Protection Hotline. The vast majority of voting experiences will be easy, but there may be challenges in select locations. Make sure you and your community know to call or text 1-866-OUR-VOTE or visit 866ourvote.org for live answers to any questions about voting rights and procedures, or to report any issues you experience or witness at the polls.
2. Beware of Disinformation. It's human nature to want to share something alarming you see online. But know that active disinformation isn't just possible this year, it's likely. And disinformation campaigns can be powerful ways to scare people from voting. So please, in these next few days -- and especially on Election Day -- only share stories or reports you see from reputable journalists or state and local elections officials.
If you see disinformation about voting in an online post or ad, do your part to stop the spread. Don't engage, react or comment — that only means more people will see it!
Do take a screenshot to submit it to ReportDisinfo.org. Then share official voting information, like your local election official or Secretary of State. Do your part to keep voters safe from disinformation!
3. Town Hall Pledge. We don't endorse candidates at Town Hall Project, but we love to highlight candidates who've taken the common-sense Town Hall Pledge to hold regular town halls (virtual until its safe again) with their constituents. Over 100 candidates this year have taken the pledge, including dozens of sitting members of Congress. If you have friends still making up their mind, let them know why accessibility and accountability are essential qualities in a public servant: townhallpledge.com
We want every member of CARW’s base to be meaningfully engaged in the fight for collective liberation and to have a growing sense of political home. After the election, we’ll be launching neighborhood-based cohorts all over Seattle and south King County.
If you’ve been looking for a way to deepen your involvement with CARW and build a community of shared values, this is your opportunity.
We’ll connect you with a group of your neighbors for a series of facilitated conversations to excavate internalized white supremacy, grapple with core tensions of white anti-racist practice, and build a shared political analysis. These cohorts will run loosely from Election Day to Inauguration Day and will meet twice a month from mid-November through late January for a total of six sessions. All sessions will include an action component, aligned with the latest demands from King County Equity Now and Decriminalize Seattle. If you’re interested in participating, please sign up through this form by Sunday, Nov 8.
We want abolition now. We want every member of CARW’s base engaged in the struggle for Black liberation, indigenous sovereignty, migrant justice and a more equitable world in a way that stretches them, teaches them, and feeds them. We’re grateful to be in community with you all.
In Solidarity, CARW
UU the Vote invites everyone to join us for a week of action to harvest the power! Running Wednesday, October 21st through Tuesday, October 27th, this is one of our final pushes to ensure we reach 2,000,000 voters before Election Day. Join us! Congregational Call-in Days: October 21 – October 27 Organize your congregation to host a phonebank! Join us is activating congregations across the country to organize their members to take contact voters. You assemble your team, and national and state organizers will help you with the rest. To reach 1 million voters and defeat hate in 2020, we need you and your congregation to go all in. Take the pledge to host a congregational phone bank and then download the toolkit with all the steps! Thursday, October 22nd: National UU the Vote Prop 208 Phone Bank with UU Justice Arizona Network (UUJAZ) & Arizona Education Association National UU the Vote Prop 208 Phone Bank with UU Justice Arizona Network (UUJAZ) & Arizona Education Association. As Unitarian Universalists we are called to work for justice. Join UUs across the country as we put our values into action by calling Arizona voters to support Prop 208, investing in our children and educators! Register Saturday, October 24: Let Our People Vote with POWER (Philadelphia) Pennsylvania is a politically, economically, and racially diverse state, with the majority of its poorest citizens and citizens of color living in Philadelphia. 2016 brought low turnout numbers in Philadelphia, with ramifications across the Commonwealth and country. Join Philadelphia UUs for a phone bank with our local Interfaith Justice Coalition, POWER, as we call low-propensity voters in this pivotal city to Get Out the Vote! Training will be available for newcomers. Join us to make sure all our people are able to have their voices heard in November. Using Thrutalk (you’ll need a computer plus phone) POWER is an interfaith organization committed to building communities of opportunity that work for all. POWER represents over 50 congregations throughout Southeastern and Central Pennsylvania. POWER is a proud member of the Faith in Action (Formerly PICO) and Partnership for Working Families Networks. Sunday, October 25: Karen’s “All I Want for My Birthday is Good Government” Phonebank You’re invited, Sunday 10/25, to Karen’s Birthday Phonebank with MUUSJA, the Minnesota UU Social Justice Alliance. Karen says, “All I want for my birthday is social justice and good government!” These aren’t the pushy or robotic calls you hate, just give friendliness a try. We’ll be calling lower-turnout, mainly BIPOC precincts in Greater Minnesota towns, where there’s a chance we can help send a more progressive Congressional delegation to Washington this year. We won’t tell people who to vote for, just how to vote if they need and want to know. Reaching people whom the Parties often ignore is social justice work. Asking everyone to be an #OctoberVoter might even save lives, by inviting folks to vote from home, or vote early at their elections office. So even if you think you’ll hate it, try making two or three calls to help celebrate Karen’s birthday? Thank you! Sunday, October 25: UU the Vote Worship Host a UU the Vote worship service! Our UU the Vote service is a full1 hour service with the typical elements of a UU liturgy, as well as some unique components. The entire service, including all worship elements, will be available online for congregations to stream via the platform of their choice. Join UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray, the UU the Vote team, and a lineup of powerful, prophetic UU voices as we explore the intersections of faith, justice, and democracy in this collective virtual service. Sign up! Already have something planned October 25th? We’ll stream an evening service to the UUA Facebook and Youtube page at 6:00 pm ET/3:00 pm PT. We are asking congregations to support UU the Vote’s organizing work and to help us cover the costs of production (including remunerating worship leaders), much as you would pay a guest worship leader and/or musician. We recommend using the UU Ministers Association’s Scale of Professional Fees as a guide: $315 for small congregations, $350 for mid-sized congregations, $385 for large congregations. In addition, we ask that your congregation dedicate the Sunday offering to UU the Vote on the day you use the worship materials. To mark this threshold year of 2020 and all the possibility and peril that it represents, we are inviting the congregation to consider gifts that honor the number 2020 ($2,020, $202, $20.20, and so forth). Please know that every single gift makes a difference in the organizing work we are doing at UU the Vote. There are a variety of ways you can make your financial contributions.
- Send a check payable to the UUA with “UU the Vote worship” on the memo line. You may combine a donation for use of the worship materials and any share-the-plate proceeds into a single check.
- Contributing by credit card or PayPal at: https://uuthe.vote/give
- Texting VOTELOVE to 91999.
As COVID-19 continues to impact our communities, those most at risk are the members of our community who are in detention. Last week, La Resistencia broke the news that dozens of immigrants at the Northwest Detention Center had been exposed to COVID-19 by a GEO guard. Last month, we heard how in Georgia, immigrants held at a detention center were subject to forced hysterectomies and general medical neglect. These reminders are just two of the many reasons that we know immigration detention centers should be shut down and ICE should be abolished. While we prepare for the long-term fight, we are also doing what we can to free the members of our communities who are in immigration detention. I am pleased to announce that the Fair Fight Bond Fund is gearing up to re-open in the coming weeks to pay the immigration bond funds of community members detained by ICE in Washington State. Next week, we will be participating in Fall Freedom Day---an effort coordinated by the National Bail Fund Network to pay bonds to free hundreds of community members from immigration detention in one day. Last year, the NBFN moved $2.1 million and was able to pay the bonds of nearly 200 people detained by ICE across the country. The Fair Fight Bond Fund will be participating in these efforts this year and hope that with our partners across the country we can release even more of our community members. As we work out some of the final details before we officially resume accepting and reviewing applications to help pay for immigration bonds, we ask that you consider donating to the Fair Fight Bond Fund so that we can have as much money in the fund to start paying bonds. If you have any questions, interest in volunteering with the bond fund, or other comments, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send questions or requests about paying for bonds for specific cases to email@example.com. In Solidarity,
Action of Immediate Witness (AIW) calls for congregations to research, identify, and acknowledge Indigenous peoples
- Do you know the history of the land your congregation calls “home?”
- Do you know what Indigenous people historically or currently inhabit that land?
- Do you know who the Indigenous people or communities are who live in your area or region and what their visions and struggles are?
- Are you acting in relationship or solidarity with any of them?
Families are hurting because of COVID-19 and the state needs to hear from you that now is not the time to cut people off electricity, strap them with unaffordable bills, and allow utility shareholders to put additional expense on rate payers. We need you to show up and weigh in. TAKE ACTION TODAY Over these next two weeks, Washington’s Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) – which regulates private, investor-owned energy utilities – will make decisions about:
- When utilities start disconnecting households from power due to non-payment,
- If utilities institute bill assistance programs that erase the utility debt of low-income households,
- And if utilities pay their fair share of COVID-19 pandemic-related costs.
- Keep Washington families connected to power. This includes, at a minimum, guaranteeing service until all counties in a utility’s service district are in Phase 4 of Governor Inslee’s Safe Start Plan. Ultimately, we know energy is a fundamental need and no one should be disconnected from access.
- Support low-income families by approving staff’s proposal for each utility to provide up to $2,500 in bill assistance to households earning up to 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. Through the Clean Energy Transition Act Front and Centered help draft and pass, utilities will be required to plan for a massive increase in assistance, but we can't wait given the current crisis. Households need support now.
- Require utilities to pay their fair share. This includes but is not limited to: prohibiting deferred accounting petitions regarding late payment fees and reconnection charges that utilities are legally prohibited from collecting during the pandemic by Governor Inslee’s Proclamation.
Sameer Ranade | (he/him/his)
Civic Engagement and Policy Manager
Mobile: 360-218-4642 | Office: 206-487-4303
From Community to Community (C2C-partner of the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship):
Update! On Monday we asked our supporters to call the Department of Health and L&I to demand health and safety protections for farmworkers. We now have the direct phone number for Joel Sacks, Director of L&I. Please call him directly at (360) 902-4293. Demand that proper ventilation is required in Farmworker housing. Demand that workplaces are shut down in response to covid outbreaks. We will not tolerate the ongoing exploitation of Farmworker lives!
“We have lost one of the greatest American patriots to ever serve on the U.S. Supreme Court,” Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee mourned. “Ruth Bader Ginsburg was so much more than a judge; she was one of America’s greatest champions for justice, in the truest sense of the word. “We should all raise our voices to make sure her last wishes are met: Her seat should not be filled until 2021.” Call your senator and tell them to honor the precedent set in 2016: demand they delay a vote confirming a new Supreme Court Justice until after the election. Here is the contact information for your Washington State Senators: Patty Murray - (202) 224-2621 Toll Free: (866) 481-9186 https://contactsenators.com/washington/patty-murray Maria Cantwell - (202) 224-3441 https://www.cantwell.senate.gov/contact
I have been in touch with the Seattle University Law School and the Housing Justice Project about training and placing court watchers in the King County eviction courts. Once the moratorium ends there will likely be a tsunami of eviction cases. Volunteer court watchers who sit in a courtroom and take notes not only provide us with data on racial bias and discrimination, but actually impact outcomes merely by being there. Experience has shown that judges, prosecutors, and attorneys who know that they are being watched and will be held accountable are more likely to take care to operate fairly and to follow reforms designed to improve our justice system. Housing Justice Project will provide training and volunteers will probably serve for half a day once a month. Background checks will be required.
Let us know if you are interested by contacting Karla Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org)and we will get you updates on this as the project moves forward.
Think global, act local: make a difference with the Strengthening Local Climate Commitments campaign! 198 Mayors (including Seattle's Mayor Jenny Durkan and several others in Washington state,) just released a letter calling on Congress to take bold action for climate, racial and health justice. Send an email to thank your mayor for their leadership, or join the campaign and get your mayor on board. On July 23, 2020, 198 mayors released a letter to Congress pushing for bold strategic action to address the intersecting crises of Covid-19, racial injustice and climate chaos. As Congress negotiates the next Covid-19 aid package, this letter puts forth a clear vision rooted in a set of principles for protecting health, the environment and making our economy work for everyone. This letter was organized by the broader network of more than 450 mayors comprising Climate Mayors, who have made commitments to leading on local climate action. One way that UUs are taking action right now is telling mayors this commitment to climate action is being noticed — and that local citizen leaders will keep them to their word. These public declarations of climate commitments and principles provide benchmarks for citizens to hold officials accountable, and inspiration for other mayors to see their locale as part of a bigger solution. So far, seventeen emails have been sent by UUs to let their mayor know they noticed and to push them to live up to their commitment as climate mayors.
Side With Love 5-Session Series, "Taking A Collective Breath: Deepening our alignment with the Movement for Black Lives" Begins August 11, 2020
We invite you to participate in Taking A Collective Breath: Deepening our alignment with the Movement for Black Lives, a five-session series built around the elements of the BREATHE Act. The webinars will explore the components of the BREATHE Act and utilize its structure as a way to focus our energies to effectively support ongoing racial justice work. Come learn and build with local and national partners who are shaping conditions to make liberation possible. This is an invitation to locate yourself in this moment as well, we each have a role to play.
We at Sunrise, we know that everyone has something to lose to the climate crisis and everything to gain by stopping it. We deeply respect and appreciate the wisdom, experience, and support of our elders in the organizing community and understand that we can learn a lot about social movements, fighting for justice, and what does and doesn’t work. That being said, Sunrise is a youth-led, youth-centered movement where we're focused primarily on organizing young people: ~35 and younger. If you’re not a young person, but still want to support and organize with Sunrise, this document is the place for you!
Sunrise’s decision to be youth-led and youth-centered is both a strategic and cultural one. In the climate crisis, young people face an unfortunate reality: every one of us will see the devastating effects of climate change in our lifetime. We have inherited a crisis that we did not create— and there is a story to tell about a new generation of Americans who are standing up to protect their future. Throughout history, we have seen that youth voices hold a unique moral clarity, and the climate crisis is no exception. Choosing to focus on young people is a key part of our strategy to reach millions.
Sunrise is also filling a cultural gap for young people in the movement. Young people today have grown up knowing that the stable climate that human civilization has depended on for millennia could crumble within our lifetimes. Yet, we’ve seen political leaders continue to fail us, often laughing us off or calling us young and naive. That’s been deeply discouraging for many of us. In our society, there aren’t many spaces that trust and uplift the leadership of young people. Young people were searching for a space that would not only allow them to organize but would also give them the community they were searching for. Our youth-centered focus makes sure that we are building a community and an identity— vital ingredients to keep a movement together.
We need the support of all of you— it just comes in a slightly different form. We love the enthusiasm you’ve shown and appreciate the organizing that you’ve already done to help get us to this point! This 35+ Supporters document will provide key principles on how to be an ally with Sunrise, suggestions of how to uplift youth leadership, and roles to be taken on. We’re also in the process of putting together a #35+ Supporters caucus for Sunrise members that are older than ~35 and have set up a #35+supporters slack channel for our adult/elder allies to connect, coordinate and form a community.
We will be holding six webinars from June through November 2020 for the Greenhouse Gas Assessment for Projects (GAP) rulemaking. The webinars will be focused on specific topics described in the table below. Each webinar will include a 30-45 minute presentation by Ecology on the topic. Then there will be time for the public to provide input for Ecology to consider in developing the GAP rule. The presentations for each webinar will also be posted to the website.
We want to hear from you and there are several ways to be involved during the draft rule development.
• Attend the webinars.
• Provide input during the webinar comment period.
• Provide input by email to email@example.com.
• Check the website. We will post information throughout the rulemaking process.
• Sign up for the LISTSERV to get information about the GAP rulemaking at http://listserv.ecology.wa.gov/scripts/wa-ECOLOGY.exe?A0=GAP-RULE.
Webinar schedule and topics
This information is being provided for planning. You will need to register for each webinar individually. You can register in advance or at the time of the webinar. The links for the webinars will be added to the GAP Rule webpage at https://ecology.wa.gov/Regulations-Permits/Laws-rules-rulemaking/Rulemaking/WAC-173-445.
Date Time Webinar Topic
June 25, 2020 1:30-4:00 pm Rulemaking process and key concepts
July 23, 2020 2:00-4:30 pm Applicability of the rule
August 27, 2020 9:30 am – Noon Environmental assessment methods
September 24, 2020 2:00-4:30 pm Mitigation
October 29, 2020 9:30 am – Noon TBD
November 17, 2020 9:00 am – Noon Draft rule overview
Your input is important and we will consider your comments as we develop the draft GAP rule. Please note that this is not a formal comment period so there will not be formal responses to your comments.
To request ADA accommodation, contact Ecology's ADA Coordinator by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 360-407-6831, 711 (relay service), or 877-833-6341 (TTY).
Lake Institute Survey on COVID-19 Financial Impact
Building upon what they learned through their 2019 National Study of Congregations’ Economic Practices (NSCEP), our partners at the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving are now seeking to better understand the unique ways that the COVID-19 crisis is impacting congregations financially.They are currently inviting the participation of congregational leaders in a survey that will take about 15 minutes to complete. If you represent a congregation, you may participate directly. If you represent an organization or denomination, they invite you to forward the survey to your colleagues and networks. Your participation is valuable to other congregations that are seeking to address many of the same pressing financial questions.