IMPORTANT: EVENT HAS BEEN MOVED TO SEATTLE UNITY CHURCH in order to accommodate larger audience! Please share this update to help get word out. Thank you!
We are living in a much different world than we were just a short time ago. This time in history will be defined by those brave enough to stand up for what we know is right, no matter the costs. That goes for you, me, and our elected representatives. This time is too important for us not to have access to our Senators.
Currently, both Senators Murray and Cantwell do not have town halls scheduled in Washington State, where they can meet with and hear the concerns of their constituents. Indivisible Groups in Washington State are working together to provide the platform for our Senators to engage in meaningful dialogue with the people of their state — all they have to do is show up.
Town halls are a basic part of our democratic heritage and every Member of Congress (MoC) should host them in order to hear from their constituents directly. Over the year, a MoC’s schedule is split between time “in session,” when they’re expected to be in Washington DC, attending to legislative business, and “recess,” when they go back to their districts or states. These recess periods—also known as “District Work Periods” on the congressional calendar — are the designated periods for MoCs to be home engaging with constituents. The expressed purpose of these recesses is to make sure that MoCs don’t lose touch with their constituent’s concerns.
And right now, we have major concerns.
-We are concerned about what the future of health care looks like. Can we save the ACA? What can the Senators do, and how we can help?
-We are deeply disturbed by the unconstitutional “travel” ban and frankly terrified at what may come next.
-Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination is troubling to different people for different reasons: the potential of Roe V Wade being overturned and the fact that the seat was stolen in the first place to name two.
-We do not know where our President’s loyalties truly lie. We never will until his tax returns are public and he completely divests from anything close to a conflict of interest.
-We will not be satisfied with anything less than an independent, bi-partisan, and public investigation into possible Russia-Trump connections
What are you concerned about? Show up and make your voice heard.
We would also like to get the senators to commit to these things:
-Holding more town halls with their constituents
-Protecting immigrants from illegal detention and deportation, and allowing lawful migrants to enter the country. In other words: This is America. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, country of origin, sexual orientation or sexual identity. Period. We need our Senators to stand up for those who may not be able to stand up for themselves.
Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church has generously let us use their facility. This is not a church-sanctioned event, but there is a lot of very relevant history there. As a Japanese American church during WWII, all of the members were interned. The history underscores the moment we find ourselves in and the need for our MoCs to act to protect all citizens.
You can read more about the church’s history and what its members endured in this article from the Seattle Times.
Please RSVP: Space is limited.
Doors will open at 6PM. The event will start promptly at 6:30PM.
Parking is also limited: Please carpool if you can: