18 minutes | Mar 18, 2023
Can Washington Protect Out-of-State Abortion Rights? (With Sen. Yasmin Trudeau)
Following last year’s Dobbs decision overturning Roe v Wade, several states have worked to pass legislation codifying abortion access for state residents. Here in Washington, Senator Yasmin Trudeau (LD 27) recently co-authored a bill (advancing as HB 1469: https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=1469&Year=2023&Initiative=false ) that would additionally protect those who come from out of state for reproductive healthcare, as well as gender-affirming care. Show Notes: My Health My Data: Tell Law & Justice Committee to STRENGTHEN and PASS HB 1155 https://www.takeaction.network/xactions/33112?ref=51 Contact your members to let them know you want My Health My Data restored to its original form in the Senate, and House members to vote for it in concurrence. Check your members’ pages for town halls (happening now throughout the state) and send in a comment in advance and/or attend to make sure they know you expect them to pass the Shield Law and My Health My Data with restored consumer privacy protections.
24 minutes | Mar 10, 2023
Messaging on Key Legislative Bills with Fuse Washington's Reiny Cohen
If you're looking for ways to message in support of key bills on housing, gun safety, income inequality, and more, we've got you covered. This week, we check in with Reiny Cohen, director of the Communications Hub at Fuse, to discuss how to talk about crucial bills at the midway point of this year's legislative session.
58 minutes | Mar 3, 2023
An Update on This Year's Legislative Session
If you track our legislative sessions at all, you’ll know it’s hard to keep up, so if you’re looking for an all-in-one update on issues that concern Indivisible members, this episode is for you. Lead members of the Washington Indivisible Legislative Action team (also known as WILA) recently joined Seattle Indivisible to give an update on key legislation concerning: Criminal justice & police accountability (Deb Carstens, Wallingford Indivisible) Healthcare (Jim Austin, Indivisible WA’s 8th District) Gun safety (Stephen Wilhelm, Snohomish County Indivisible) Climate & the environment (Sarah Richards, Kirkland Indivisible) Housing (Ruth Lipscomb, Indivisible Eastside) Special thanks to Lysondra Ludwig, and to Alex Fayer!
31 minutes | Feb 25, 2023
Washington State Democratic Party Chair Shasti Conrad
We are so excited to be bringing you our first conversation with Shasti Conrad in her new capacity as chair of the Washington State Democratic Party! Longtime listeners will know her as the former chair of the King County Democrats (and de facto co-host on the podcast--she's our most frequent guest and fill-in host ever). In this wide-ranging discussion, we hear about her thoughts on her transformational role as the youngest person to ever be elected chair, as well as being the first woman of color in the position. We also discuss the work ahead for the 2023 and 2024 election cycles , and most importantly, we talk about how Shasti and the WA Dems will be actively listening to and working with grassroots groups like Indivisible. Show Notes: Contact Shasti: firstname.lastname@example.org Contribution link: https://secure.ngpvan.com/-jiKjXwBDkmqGxT4RBrFog2
19 minutes | Feb 17, 2023
Help Support an Ordinance Banning Discrimination Based on Caste
With over 150,000 people from South Asia now calling Washington State home, caste has become a political issue, with reports of caste-based discrimination in both the public and private sectors. Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant has introduced an ordinance that would ban discrimination based on caste, and if passed, Seattle would become the first city in North America to pass such legislation. The council is set to vote on the measure on February 21st. Guest: Raghav Kaushik, Microsoft tech worker Show Notes: Please go to http://tinyurl.com/seattlecasteally, which will create an email addressed to the Seattle City Council. For Take Action Network users, here’s the action in TAN which includes loads of background info and links: https://www.takeaction.network/xactions/32668
24 minutes | Feb 15, 2023
Getting to Lower Healthcare Costs in Washington State
In an effort to address the healthcare cost and access crisis here in Washington, the Economic Opportunity Institute (EOI) is endorsing a slate of bills in this year’s legislative session, taking aim at things like mergers, prescription drug costs, and protections for our frontline healthcare workers. On today's podcast, EOI's healthcare policy advisor, Sam Hatzenbeler, explains the big issues for us. Bills we discussed with current actions: SB 5241 - Keep Our Care Act (preventing even more anti-competitive healthcare consolidation) Bill info: https://www.takeaction.network/bills/6525 Senate action: Support SB 5241 (Keep Our Care Act) by Urging Legislators to Pass It Out of Committee Before this Week's Cutoff: Feb 10 - Feb 16 2023 Take action here: https://www.takeaction.network/xactions/32561?ref=51 SB 5179 / HB 1281 - Expanded Death With Dignity Act (removing barriers to access & making it more compatible with the law's intent) SB 5179 bill info: https://www.takeaction.network/bills/6428 HB 1281 bill info: https://www.takeaction.network/bills/6631 Senate action: Support SB 5179 (Death with Dignity Act) and get this bill a floor vote: Feb 12-Feb 20 2023 Take action here: https://www.takeaction.network/xactions/32633?ref=51 House action: Support (HB 1281) Death with dignity act and ask Rules to move this important bill for a floor vote: Feb 12-Feb 20 2023 Take action here: https://www.takeaction.network/xactions/32632?ref=51 HB 1469 / SB 5489 - Shield Law (providing a shield to patients and providers of abortion or gender-affirming care. Prevents other states from using WA courts or judicial process to enforce their forced-birth laws; provides life-saving refuge to those seeking care.) HB 1469 info: https://www.takeaction.network/bills/6999 SB 5489 info: https://www.takeaction.network/bills/7057 House action: Support Health care services/access (House: On Floor 2nd Reading): Feb 11-Feb 17 2023 Take action here: https://www.takeaction.network/xactions/32609?ref=51 Senate action: Let's get this reproductive justice bill a floor vote!: Feb 6-Feb 20 2023 Take action here: https://www.takeaction.network/xactions/32515?ref=51 Other bills & budget items also discussed: SB 5393 / HB 1379 - Promote Fair Contracting Practices bill (stop unfair negotiating tactics) HB 1508 - Healthcare Cost Transparency Board (HCCTB) (expands accountability mechanisms for healthcare pricing) HB 1269 - Strengthening the Prescription Drug Affordability Board (making prescription drugs more affordable) SB 5236 - Support Frontline Healthcare Workers, aka Washington Safe and Healthy (stops hospitals from balancing their budgets on the backs of their workers) Budget items: Cascade Care Immigrant Healthcare Expansion The Fair Health Prices campaign - visit the website to learn about this new campaign: https://fairhealthprices.org/
28 minutes | Feb 10, 2023
This Year's Police Reform Bills (and How to Preserve Recent Legislation)
Every Washingtonian deserves to feel safe, both in their community and at the hands of law enforcement. In the wake of the murder of George Floyd by police officers, Washington State passed a number of laws aimed at reforming law enforcement, addressing things like vehicle pursuits, the use of physical force, and no-knock warrants. But law enforcement, along with state Republicans and even some Democrats, has worked to roll back many of these reforms. Joining us to talk about this, and to also help unpack some newly proposed police reform legislation, are: - Leslie Cushman, founder and head of the Washington Coalition for Police Accountability - Enoka Herat, Counsel for Police Practices and Immigration with the ACLU of Washington
21 minutes | Feb 8, 2023
Explaining This Year's Gun Safety Legislation - Renee Hopkins, Alliance for Gun Responsibility
We are all too familiar with the cycle of gun violence in the United States. This year began with two horrific mass shootings in California. In January alone, there were 40 mass shootings in this country, with 60 deaths. Gun violence is now the leading cause of death among children in the United States. But one of the places where we’ve seen some actual progress is here in Washington State. In the last two sessions, we saw new laws on things like ghost guns, high-capacity* magazines, and open carry. And this year's session is proposing landmark legislation on things like banning assault weapons, allowing lawsuits against gun manufacturers, and requiring permits, waiting periods, and training for firearm ownership. Renee Hopkins, CEO of the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, joins us to discuss the legislation, and to talk about why she's hopeful that things are finally staring to shift on gun safety in this country. *In the interview, I mistakenly refer to high-capacity magazines as high-caliber magazines. Thanks to listener Gordon Glasgow for spotting this! Show Notes: HB 1143 / SB 5211 Permit-to-Purchase Action: Support HB 1143 (Firearms/purchase & transfer) by Signing in "Pro" to the House Appropriations's Public Hearing: https://www.takeaction.network/xactions/32479?ref=51 HB 1144 / SB 5232 Requires safety training, 10-day waiting period Action: Support SB 5232 Again (Firearms/purchase & transfer) by Signing in "Pro" to the rescheduled Senate Law & Justice's Public Hearing: https://www.takeaction.network/xactions/32475?ref=51 Attend Moms Demand Action Advocacy Day in Olympia on Monday, March 13th as well as their statewide meeting Wednesday, February 8th from 7:00-8:00pm. RSVP here: https://forms.everytown.org/a/wa-february-statewide-meeting
19 minutes | Feb 3, 2023
Combatting Disinformation with Indivisible's Truth Brigade
We all know the danger that online disinformation poses. Everything from Russian election interference to the Big Lie and January 6th are the direct result of disinformation. But how do we push back? Two and a half years ago, Indivisible introduced the Truth Brigade, a group of online volunteers who actively counter disinformation. You can learn more about Truth Brigade, with a kickoff event this Wednesday, February 8th, at 3:30 PM Pacific. Guest: Co-creator of Truth Brigade, Indivisible senior manager, network support department, Jody Rein. Show Notes: https://indivisible.org/indivisible-truth-brigade Join the Truth Brigade: https://act.indivisible.org/signup/indivisible-truth-brigade/ Join the call on Feb. 8, 6:30 ET, "Big Truths Big News: Truth Brigade 3.0 Kickoff" https://indivisi.org/3pIdEtS
24 minutes | Feb 3, 2023
Meet the New Chair of the King County Democrats, Carrie Barnes!
The first in our series in which we meet newly elected state Democratic leadership. Today, we talk with the new chair of the King County Democrats, Carrie Barnes, who shares her vision for Democratic electoral and policy wins in 2023, 2024, and beyond. Show Notes: Lobby Day sign up: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdlod6k5DdW3fdq7avB_47IJ6k3WNFZG3rokvYFCf9YbqXnnA/viewform Link for PCO training on Saturday, February 4th: https://www.kcdems.org/event/pco-welcome-and-training/ Volunteer for KC Dems committees: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdZPsG_rakV3oHMMMjpS7HxBHSVp0JD-Wf18-OMZmBz60eu0Q/viewform
30 minutes | Jan 27, 2023
This Year's Housing Legislation Explained
2023 is the year both the legislature and the governor have made addressing Washington's housing crisis a top priority, with a slew of proposed bills. Two top experts join us to help unpack and explain some of the more prominent pieces of legislation: - Jesse Simpson, Government Relations and Policy Manager with the Housing Development Consortium of Seattle-King County - Anna Fahey, Senior Director of Communications and Campaigns with the Sightline Institute *Note: When referring to the number of housing units that the state needs to build right now, Anna means 140,000 when she says 140. Calls to Action: Create a leg.wa.gov account to keep track of your sign-in actions https://www.takeaction.network/xactions/17513?ref=51 Support transit oriented development by signing in Pro to SB 5466 https://www.takeaction.network/xactions/32342?ref=51 Support Build with low-carbon materials by Signing in "Pro" to HB 1282 https://www.takeaction.network/xactions/32326?ref=51
14 minutes | Jan 11, 2023
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal on the Two-Year Commemoration of January 6th
This week, we bring you an excerpt from a recent online event commemorating January 6th, put on by Olympia Indivisible and the Washington Indivisible Network. Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal speaks about her harrowing experiences on that day two years ago, and she lays out just what we need to do collectively in the coming months and years to preserve our democracy.
22 minutes | Jan 6, 2023
The Two-Year Commemoration of January 6th
This Friday will mark the two-year anniversary of the events of January 6th, and Indivisible groups around the state are observing the day, first with a statewide online event happening Friday at 5 PM, created by Olympia Indivisible and the Washington Indivisible Network and featuring appearances from Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal and state Senator Manka Dhingra. There will also be an outdoor gathering in Issaquah on Saturday the 7th, put on by Indivisible Washington’s 8th District. Discussing the online event are: - Lisa Ornstein, co-founder of Olympia Indivisible - Kat Pipkin, WIN steering committee member Discussing the in-person event is: - Chris Franco, Indivisible Washington's 8th District member and Washington Democratic State Committee Member. He is one of speakers at the in-person event happening on Saturday, January 7th, at 11 AM in Issaquah. Show Notes: Sign up for the online event: https://bit.ly/Jan6-2023-Action Learn more about the in-person event: https://www.mobilize.us/indivisible/event/546102/
57 minutes | Dec 23, 2022
Year-End Special - Cooking with Nina, Plus Greetings from Our MOCs!
In celebration of the year's end, we are bringing you a very special show. Washington's organizing director from Indivisible, Nina Moussavi, is with us to show you how to cook one of her favorite holiday comfort foods. And we have holiday greetings from our members of Congress, thanking each of you for all of your tireless work. We hope each of you has a joy-filled and restful holiday. We'll see you in the New Year!
26 minutes | Dec 9, 2022
Want to Get Involved with the WA Democrats? The Time is Now!
If you’ve ever wanted to get involved with the Washington state Democratic party, but aren’t sure how or even when to do it, this show is for you. The state party is holding elections throughout December and January for all positions, from state party chair to county and LD officers. King County Democrats chair Shasti Conrad joins us to demystify the process, and to talk about the importance of getting involved--especially if you don't always agree with the direction of the party. Show Notes: https://www.wa-democrats.org/local/lpo/
18 minutes | Dec 3, 2022
Get Ready for the 2023 Legislative Session with the League of Women Voters!
The new session for the state legislature is just around the corner, and that means now is a great time to get ready for action. The League of Women Voters of Washington is offering an action workshop on Saturday, December 10, where you can learn about the League’s legislative priorities (many of which overlap with Indivisible priorities), how to effectively lobby your state legislators, and a lot more. Guests: Lunell Haught, Volunteer President of the League of Women Voters of Washington Susan Fleming, advocacy portfolio director for the League of Women Voters of Washington Show Notes: Sign up for the Action Workshop: www.lwvwa.org Facebook event: https://facebook.com/events/s/action-workshop/656828869241618/ Direct Registration Link (for email, web, etc.): https://secure.everyaction.com/v13Mdgp09UixE2OjAPqUMg2 More information on the Take Action Network: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1118813838617238 Know it, love it, live it: https://leg.wa.gov/
30 minutes | Nov 19, 2022
What's Next for Indivisibles After the 2022 Midterms?
Indivisible's organizing director for Washington, Nina Moussavi, joins us to talk about what comes next for Indivisibles after this year's historic election. We talk about the GA special runoff, some crucial legislation to push for in the lame duck session--including the Respect for Marriage Act and the Electoral Count Act--and we hear her thoughts on Indivisible's role with a divided government. Show Notes: Our show on deep canvassing: https://soundcloud.com/wsip/wsip-audio-how-to-talk-to-voters Donate to the GA runoff: Appalachian Indivisible: secure.actblue.com/donate/appalach…isible578744346 Indivisible GA 04: secure.actblue.com/donate/indivisiblega04 Indivisible Lumpkin: secure.actblue.com/donate/indivisiblelumpkin Indivisible Georgia Coalition: secure.actblue.com/donate/indivisiblega485688402 Indivisible Georgia Sixth District: secure.actblue.com/donate/indi6 Indivisible Columbus, Georgia: secure.actblue.com/donate/indivisi…columbusgeorgia Screven Forward: secure.actblue.com/donate/indivisiblesf770337103 Indivisible Georgia District 10: secure.actblue.com/donate/indivisiblega10t-shirts secure.actblue.com/donate/indivisiblega787795166 Necessary Trouble: secure.actblue.com/donate/indivisiblent890763402 Avondale ACTion: secure.actblue.com/donate/indivisi…ndalea936537909
54 minutes | Nov 11, 2022
Red Wave Denied! Interpreting the Midterm Results in Washington State
Unpacking this year's midterm results with our all-star panel: - Will Casey, writer for The Stranger and former communications director for the Washington State Democrats - Shasti Conrad, Chair of the King County Democrats Keep The Stranger going! https://www.thestranger.com/contribute?utm_source=publication&utm_medium=article_footer&utm_campaign=footer_ask
60 minutes | Nov 7, 2022
ELECTION REPLAY: Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal on What's at Stake in Tomorrow's Election
The final in our election replay series, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal gives us everything we need to get out the vote for the 2022 midterm election. Along the way she reminds us that an important segment of voters may opt out of the election if they don't understand the stakes, helps us understand the wrath and the fury of MAGA extremists, and above all, reminds of us who we are and why this is the moment to once again seize the power of our voice and our activism. This is a fantastic hour with our favorite Congresswoman, Senior Democratic Whip and Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-07).
38 minutes | Nov 3, 2022
ELECTION REPLAY: 5th LD Reps Bill Ramos and Lisa Callan
As part of our ongoing rebroadcasts of interviews with candidates in key races, get to know the incredible state representatives from the 5th LD, Bill Ramos and Lisa Callan! If you've come 8th CD to canvass for Congresswoman Dr. Kim Schrier, you've probably also been in the 5th LD, so this is a great introduction to these two wonderful lawmakers who are up for reelection. Show Notes: Bill Ramos's website: voteramos.org Lisa Callan's website: lisacallan.org