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Melvin Mackey — Vashon, WA — Sqabash Land
Pia Kanistros Dayton, Ohio
Lynn from Monroe, WA
I thought you were still on vacation!
Oh no!, Not fun!
Kathryn from Arlington, WA
DeSantis on Fauci- Florida needs to have DeSantis and Trump real estate break of into the ocean
Thank you for hosting this. Sorry to hear that you had COVID. I will keep screen off since I am prepping for dinner. Liz from Seattle
Sorry about the Covid Cindy!
Thank you for hosting the meeting.
Hope you had a wonderful vacation, Cindy!
Port Townsend, S'Klallam
Norm Conrad: Upper Skagit tribes
Linda Bock, Sammamish, Duwamish, Stillaguamish, Coast Salish
Glad you're back, sorry about your being sick during that time.
Eastern Massachusetts. Shawmut peoples.
Hi everyone Linda Brewster from Chimakum, S'Klallam (Port Townsend)
coastal salish, Suquamish, chimicum, s'kallam
Lynn Monroe, wA - Snohomish tribal lands.
he makes absolutely no distiction between himself and the nation
I bet you will find criminal activity will be exposed while he was President Saudi’s, Turks, North Koreans, Putin etc. etc. etc….
Pia, I Agree
It might be exposed, but will it be prosecuted?
please, Lort, let it be so
Has the FBI search made him more popular?
Trump's attorney’s need attorneys
Rich Stevenson, Proactive Voter, USAIVA
Louisville, KY. Iroquois Hunting Grounds.I was a special agent, Army Intelligence. Trump played loose with Security clearances. Son-In-Law was one case.
And that memo is out! And it's egregious
Some of his generals seemed ready to support the coup if it would have gone further.
If he doesn't deserve prison, then no one else in the country does.
They’ve mentioned espionage laws possibly.
He’ll keep up the ruse right until the end.
I think in Texas election poll workers were threatened and the poll workers folded up shop
shyoot--I never thought he'd be elected in the first place
Did people hear what DeSantis said about Fauci? Shameful
And there we are right in Russia.
love to see election denier come to my door……. in for a big suprise.
Thanks Dwight for your service!
That's exactly right - we need to call it what it is, American Fascism
I DO call him Hitler2!
Nazis & Fascists. He is Hitler reincarnate and his henchmen. WE THE PEOPLE need to stand up to these idiots
It's not only Trump. It's Trumpism. If he's gone, the problem will remain.
He does suck up a lot of oxygen.
I totally agree with you.
We need a media moratorium where Trump is a persona non grata.
The press is still giving him billions in free air time!
Goof point Yvonne.
Should be a federal offense to threaten poll workers
David & Ruth Neal
so tired of the news media showing trumps face during any coverage.
One key to preserving democracy is passing voting rights bill.
Ohio has gone down the tubes our GOP is unethical and cheats
Conscientious resisters also support democracy. Teaming with veterans.
if anybody else is in Kitsap county, the elections board is hiring!
That's a great idea!!
In opposition to Riddle's Laboratories of Autocracy.
Republicans oppose LWV cuz they support voting!!!
The league is a bunch of older people, mostly older ladies. I’m in it. We’re not radical.
My LTE in Spokesman Review today ( and in 15 papers in Eastern Washington:
Arnold Byron--Skagit County
What can we do to help people in other states, outside of Washington State, to vote for candidates who are in favor of democracy?
Lynn Brady but you support voting!!!!! Didn't used to be radical!!!
The Mason County sheriff built a Trump tower replica in front of his home.
You can phone bank, textbank, write postcards
We can't wait until next session. There might not be enough to vote for it. I'd encourage them to set that as a priority before Novembrer.
They want a Greater Idaho.
There might not be enough to vote for any Voting Right's Act.
Ohio is one of them
Clarence Thomas "endorsed" Hershel Walker! Took a photo together. Isn't that unethical for a SCOTUS Justice?
If there were a true code of ethics for justices...
I think it is Yvonne!
Highly recommend the article on computer generated redistricting. There are a few surprises.
churches are raIsing money in regards TO ABORTION TO SUPPORT GOP
7. Our MAGASupreme Court has thrown our country into medical chaos by overturning Roe, with zero regard for the consequences. Elections matter! Vote for Democrats in November.
Melvin Mackey (Sqababsh Land)
Life begins at incorporation.
Churches that become involved in politics should lose their tax exempt status.
DeSantis is a monster! Abbott in TX is a close second.
Unifying left-right class war issues: endless war ($ to Ukraine, not M4A), militarized police, for profit prison system, wall street bailouts, no universal healthcare, military spews more CO2 than all civilian activities combined. :)
I so agree, Lynn!
Lyn and they ( the courts systems) are way behind all the reigious violations to that
Money went to a 501(c4)
whores R Us —is their name
Ralph Nader says that if we hit our representatives in all these directions, it's harder to "handle" us with their canned responses and word salad.
@PIA Excellent depiction!
Rick Scott is on a yacht in Italy.
Going in Trump's pocket.
too bad Jo he was not on the one that just sunk
MAGA Make Attorney Get Attorneys
Jo Kurtz - Wonder who owns the yacht that Scott is on.
Marble Freedom Trust (1.6B)
if she does it could hurt the democrats
If Corporate Dems ran things in the 1860's, they'd be proud of transgender slave owners as progress. :(
Republicans enabled Trumpinstine. Now they're living with the monster.
Both parties maintain the corporatocracy.
Yes, esp Black Americans should be automatically registered to vote at 18.
The "originalist" Fascists on the Supreme Court seem to never heard of the 9th Amendment.
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
Rich Stevenson, Proactive Voter, USAIVA
What do they think about Final Five Open Primaries? even discussed?
I'm beginning to believe that the "originalists" on the Supreme Court are practicing Spiritualism as the search to connect to the minds of the Founding Fathers.
Arnold Byron--Skagit County
What are the rules that federal candidates are expected to follow? Are they required to spend the money only on their campaigns? Must they give away any unspent money? Are thy laws simple to understand and follow? Do we need national legislation to force small d democracy onto people running for office?
Hea, I'm a Spiritualist!
Thanks for making me laugh Kate!!
:D Such a dire time.
Cindy Black, Fix Democracy First
• Fix Democracy Firsto DONATE to Fix Democracy First or Fix Democracy First Education Fund @ https://www.fixdemocracyfirst.org/donateo YO VOTE! (Youth Organizers for Voter Outreach, Teaching & Engagement) - https://www.yo-vote.orgo WON (Women in Office Now) – https://www.fixdemocracyfirst.org/won
Cindy Black, Fix Democracy First
o Ranked Choice Voting in Washington State: Seattle - https://fairvotewa.org/ Clark County – https://fairvotewa.org/ClarkCoCampaign/ San Juan County – https://fairvotewa.org/SJCOcampaign/ FVWA - Why Ranked-Choice Voting Works - https://www.mobilize.us/fairvotewa/event/434070/ Ranked-Choice Voting WA Monday Funday Phone Bank - https://www.mobilize.us/fairvotewa/event/444167/ Ranked-Choice Voting vs Approval Voting - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1g1cE2au5bG1tfjrlIxxswCC_yBHqz7pb/view
Cindy Black, Fix Democracy First
o Pass a Local Resolution in Response to the January 6 Hearings - https://www.democracyresolutions.org/o Election Protection - Stopping Voter Suppression - https://protectthevote.net/?partner=fixdemocracyo Protect Our Democracy TAKE ACTION page - https://www.rightwinginsurrection.org/action-center/take-action-activists
if you want to pray to orange thats your right and no one's business
San Juan County commissioners took RCV and three other initiative measures off the ballot a couple of weeks ago. Would anyone have ab up date on possible legal action around that decision by the THREE commissioners?
I’m a nurse for 40 years, You cannot convince me that we have no spirit! Sorry!
we are already in an uncivil war
Carol and all - Judge Skinner overturned the San Juan council action and the ballot measures will be on the ballot this Nov!
Pia so true and moving rapidly toward rage reactions to that....
glad to hear that! Thanks, Cindy!
A civil war right now, if it exists, is Cold. I hope (and believe) that when all the illegalities of Trump are exposed and he is in prison, and his minions in Congress are held to account as well, there will be a vast change. FOX will then hold no power. Of course, my wish and hope.
Barbara Walter references the Polity Scale…. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polity_data_series
Robert but from now to that point how many people will be destroyed or hurt?
I'm with yu Robert!
Robert Brown good to hear of your hope...
FOX News must be made to change their name to FOX Entertainment. Period.
but when did people loose their senses?
Yes -- an authoritarian spouting myths of "past glory" = "Make America Great Again"
That has taken years....
We definitely are divided and we do. Have more guns in the US than in all other countries combined. I hold out hope we will not end up in an active, armed civil war.
They are idiots if they think they are going to out gun our Military
we have now supported criminalism, cheating, unethical behaviors and hatred- not holding people accountable and responsible for their actions
We have extremists on the right and the left. We need to pull the country back to moderate agenda.
Look at the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys participation in 1/6.
Yup Jo from crazies in Ohio
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges says job/housing loss and hopelessness would turn folks to extremist hate and radicalism. Then the media keeps fomenting divisions, which keeps us from questioning our system captured by dark money.
Good point, Kathy
Heather Cox Richardson has interesting things to say from her historian's perspective on Facebook and Youtube and recently wrote "How the South won the Civil War".
I'm pretty sure Russia & other actors are actively involved in trying to promote civil war in U.S.
Civil war would keep us from fixing the inherent corruption baked in, by events such as Citizens United.
If people can get back hope then they will calm down.
Barbara has a good point too.
American oligarchs support what is going on.
Oh, come on. Cui bono.
if there is a civil war, wouldn't the Right easily win? they have the guns, they are younger, and are more familiar with violence, no?
Lobbyists, corporations and business want total control
I don’t think they are not going to win against our Military.
David, depends on whether the military and law enforcement goes along with it.
Lalw enforcement might with all the corrupt sherrifs, but I don't think the bulk of our military will.
might the civil war also be fought within the military?
I know too many military people and I don't think that would ever happen
People who want a civil war are systemically trying to DESTROY TRUST IN PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS. We need to DEVISE DIFFERENT STRATEGIES for the DIFFERENT CONSTITUENCIES who want to destroy trust in public institutions. To do that, let's ask ourselves, "WHO BENEFITS FROM DESTROYING TRUST IN PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS?" Examples: (1) The gun lobby. (2) People who want to replace "the rule of law" with "the law of the jungle." (3) People who do NOT want the gov't to perform useful functions (e.g., to regulate business, to protect the environment, to protect vulnerable people). (4) People who are so angry that they just want to destroy everything and "burn it all down." We need to DEVISE DIFFERENT STRATEGIES for EACH of these constituencies.
I pray that they are a huge population that is silent but not happy with what is going on with Trump, his henchmen, and all the ridiculous garbage. We just don't here from them. I pray they show up on election day
Me too Pia!
Many who are food insecure also participated in 1/6.
Thank you Marcia!
The children of the 60's need to teach us how to organize more effectively and speak up for what's right :)
To be fair, a lot of the camers are off!
Marcia, you are right about whites, but look again for your women. Lots of them on pages 2 and 3.
@Glen Anderson: very well said, Glen!
Oh that would be me Kathy Rai!
We need to be able to listen to others who have different beliefs without judgement or criticism.
My introverted 21 year old son, who never showed an interest in politics, joined the democratic socialists and canvased for Kshama Sawant when she was recalled, so there is hope!
I have to run! Gotta get ready for collecting signatures for I-1471 at the Evergreen Fair tomorrow. Thanks for having this Cindy!
Progressive Dems are systematically stamped out from even making it to general elections. Just look at Bernie
That’s because their leaders have promote that untrue lack of facts. They say that it's their first their amount their free speech to say whatever they want and that's the problem it's like it's like that's fine but when it's destructive you have to prove why you believe that way I know people will disagree with me but you can say whatever you want but that doesn't mean it's true and it's destroying this country from within
sorry crazy above paragraph
As a poll worker you weren't the only one who is working at the polls there are people from Democrat Republican independent and there's never really any disagreement for the people that are working there I would be very insulted if I was Republican poll worker at somebody implying that I was cheating
Culp does not believe
But is Culp alone? I think he is a lonely person in this regard.
@Pia Kanistros: Nothing wrong with your paragraph! 😉
But where is their proof! There was none! It's called not being a sore loser
The Asian community here in the SF Bay Area is still reeling from the shooting of Lili Xu Monday...so I don't expect much more beyond the normal low turnout for Asians. :(
Kathy, this is news to me. Is her killing making national news?
@Kathy Rai: I lived in Marin County for 20 years. Back in Seattle for 16. So I'm out of touch on Bay Area issues. Is this issue reported in the SF Chronicle?
local TV covered it, but Idk about national.
I must leave for another meeting. Thanks for being back, Cindy. This is at least somewhat cathartic, if not exactly a Happy Hour. See you again next Wednesday
Kathy Rai - I am so sorry to hear of her killing. If possible maybe younger people can help drive a group of older seniors to and from polling places.
Thanks Lynn :)
A lot of Trump supporters are those people who have their own agendas. pro-gun, anti-abortion, too big government, single issue voters with an axe to grid. The thing is a lot of them are also people who are hardly getting by and their GOP'ers are not supporting those they represent. Less critically thinking and problem solving.
Society is changing faster than many people feel comfortable. Change can be scary.
They should become poll workers and find out how elections are actually done. A lot of ignorance out there
National News but not very loud. https://www.cbsnews.com/sanfrancisco/news/sunday-shooting-claims-life-60-year-old-asian-woman-oakland/
Dwight Rouso, absolutely change is a factor in all of this...
Civics education needs a return to public education.
Funny how they scream about their rights but they are trying to take away others rights.
Yes Yvonne, civic education is crucial!
WA State mandated 1 credit civics to graduate from high school. 4 years later, it still is not funded.
@Linda, public education no longer funds civics. Looks like it's up to us.
In WA the OSPI has approved Civics education curriculum for elementary, middle and high school grades. It is important to talk to the schools in your district to see if they are teaching. You can get the books from the LOWV if you would like to volunteer to teach a lesson/ be a guest speaker.
Great shirt, Yvonne!
IMHO, "Vote blue no matter who" is part of the problem. The Corp Dems like Sinema and Manchin are safe because of them.
Need to run folks. Thank you for a wonderful meeting.
We need 2 more "reliable" senators to invalidate Mancin and Semina.
woke- wake over krazy elephants
I'm part of the "Asians for Blacks" group here in Albany, CA :)
Where do you get the Roe Roe Roe your vote shirts
Got my shirt on Amazon. Search Political T-Shirts.
I grew up in a small town in PA, where many steel jobs were lost in my childhood. Many who voted for Obama, voted for Trump for reasons I understand. For that, I blame the Dems for not having better policies to earn their votes. Millions lost their homes When Biden/Obama bailed out Wall Street in 2008.
Thank you for joining us Kathy Rai. Hope you will be back!
Thanks Linda :)
Melvin Mackey (Sqababsh Land)
We have to remember that many conservatives also believe in democracy.
Yes, reach out to Independents but with a message to only vote for the non-republican.
DeSantis and other Republicans are appealing to racist whites' racism. They are a backlash against the growing movement for racial justice. People who care about racial justice are "awake," and the blatant racists are converting that to the term "woke," so their opposition to racial justice became simply a mindless war on being "woke," but they do not want a serious conversation about racial justice issues -- and they do not want people to examine their consciences or their upbringings or their privileges. They just promote fear-mongering and racism against those of us who are "woke."
Rank choice voting helps independent candidates.
At least Republicans are honest about their overtly destructive messages. I'm more mad at the Dems that craft their "I feel your pain" messages, but do nothing :|
California Dems have a supermajority, but still no Universal healthcare, largest homeless polulation, etc.
Well said, Ken.
Thank you Cindy!
Nice seeing you!