Upcoming events of interest

June 1, 2021 by stephenshubert

Announcements:

  1. From Force Multiplier – Join Force Multiplier on Zoom with Marc Elias + the DSCC Legal Fund
    Thursday, May 20, 7:00 – 8:00 pm ET
     
    Because Republicans know they can’t win in a fair election, they’ve engaged in relentless + ridiculous efforts to suppress voting rights. 
    Lawmakers in 43 states have filed hundreds of bills which among other restrictions:
    • arbitrarily remove citizens from voter rolls
    • restrict the use of absentee ballots
    • shorten registration periods
    • reduce the number of voting locations
    • enact unnecessary ID and administrative requirements
    • target people of color, the poor, and those that speak languages other than English
    • make state legislatures arbiters of election results.
     
    On behalf of the DSCC and other Democratic organizations Marc Elias and his team at Perkins Coie LLP, have litigated countless desperate Republican attempts to undermine the will of the voters, including laws already passed in Georgia and Iowa.
    The 2022 midterms may present the biggest challenges 
    that the DSCC + Marc Elias have ever faced.

    Register + Support The DSCC Legal Fund Now!
    $100 donation recommended
    Early money is so important for this work!

2. From Sharon Abreu about the Charter Review Commission – The SJC Charter Review Commission will be hosting two online Town Halls – June 1 & June 2, from 4-6 pm.

I hope you can attend at least one of them. This will be the final opportunity for community members to chime in on the CRC’s work over the last several months, our recommendations, and to voice your priorities again, or perhaps for the first time.  Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81389616014; Meeting ID: 813 8961 6014
Dial by your location: +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma); Meeting ID: 813 8961 6014
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kc3jo8TjR
For more information, please contact Olivia Roseberry, Vice Chair at oliviar@sanjuanco.com.

Also, if you can tune into the CRC meeting next Wednesday, May 12, you’ll get to hear the Climate & Environment Committee’s presentation to the full CRC. The presentation will largely focus around the creation of a new Climate & Environment Department headed by a Climate & Environment Commissioner for SJC that will have the authority and the time to deal with climate and environmental issues in the county that those currently tasked with that responsibility don’t have the time for.
10am-12pm on May 12. You can join that Zoom meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85271643269 or dial +1 253 215 8782, meeting ID: 852 7164 3269.

3. This past Tuesday’s Code Pink meeting dealt with divesting from the war machine.  Here is a summary:
Main speakers were Carley Towne, CODEPINK’s national co-director and leader of its “Divest from War” campaign; and Stephen Semler, co-founder of the Security Policy Reform Institute. 

Carley said CODEPINK encourages activists to ask members of Congress to sign a pledge to Divest from the War Machine. Click here to see who has signed the pledge. Visit OpenSecrets.org to follow the money on the congressional campaign trail.

Carley also explained how CODEPINK campaigns for cities, states and pension funds to divest from the top five military contractors: Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Boeing and General Dynamics.

In researching institutional investments, CODEPINK uses this database and encourages others to use it, as well, to research mutual fund war machine investments.

Semler, who co-founded the Security Policy Reform Institute, said half of the Pentagon budget will go to private sector military contractors. A third of that goes to the top five weapons manufacturers. He says we can look at how a member of Congress votes on military spending to predict how progressive they will be on other issues such as health care. House members who get relatively little money from weapons manufacturers are also the ones who support amendments of fellow members such as Pocan, Omar and The Squad. Many of these house members belong to the 90-member Progressive Caucus. Semler said Republican members of Congress who don’t take much money from weapons companies are more apt to question Pentagon spending. 

The May 4 presentation was moderated by Danaka Katovich and Olivia Hamer who belong to a Code Pink Peace Collective of people under the age of 30 who carry  anti-imperialist education to new audiences. 

Here is the suggested action:
Capitol Calling Party Script (May 4, 2021)
Capitol Hill Switchboard: 202-224-3121

Call your House & Senate Reps:

My name is _________________ and I am your constituent in zip code:_________ Please, if you haven’t done so already, sign the CODEPINK pledge to refuse campaign contributions from the NRA and military contractors. To sign the pledge, contact Marcy@CODEPINK.org  Congress members need to represent us, not lobbyists for the weapons and surveillance industries. In addition, I urge you to publicly call for a 30% reduction in Pres. Biden’s proposed $753 billion military budget and for scrapping plans to produce new nuclear weapons. Thank you.

Email the White House
https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

 Dear President Biden:

I was disappointed to learn that you are asking for a $753 billion dollar military spending bill, with upwards of $30 billion for new nuclear weapons and billions more for an unnecessary US Space Force and 800 overseas bases polluting and occupying sovereign countries. Please resubmit a military budget reduced by 30%. Scrap Trump’s Space Force, scale back our overseas bases, and reject the $1.7 trillion plan to build new nuclear land-based missiles and submarines.

You campaigned on a platform that emphasized diplomacy over war and militarism, yet your budget fails to reflect that promise.

Production of new nuclear weapons, at an eventual cost of $1.7 trillion, will escalate the arms race, increase the odds of a catastrophic accident and risk global annihilation. Should the US pursue this “nuclear modernization” plan, it will be in violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) that requires nuclear nations to pursue nuclear disarmament. No money for new nuclear weapons!

Additionally, the US Space Force, estimated to cost $15 billion before we are through, will only serve to escalate the arms race at a time when both Russia and China are calling for talks with the US to limit arms in space.
Finally, at a time when your administration is undertaking a review of our global posture, it behooves all of us to call for scaling back hundreds of overseas bases that occupy and pollute foreign lands. Thank you.

Another foreign policy action you can take is to tell our senators to end the Saudi blockade on Yemen –
https://www.codepink.org/warrenletter

Thanks for reading,David Turnoy
Chair, San Juan County Democrats
360-376-4165
davidgeri@rockisland.com

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