Election Special — Hot Off the Wire

Get Ready for the Day After

Indivisible Sequim prepares for any election fallout

We all want to pop the champagne the night of Nov 3, but unfortunately there’s no more ‘Election Night’ and it’s dangerous to act like there is. 

Unless Biden/Harris win in overwhelming numbers, we won’t find out the true winner of the presidential election until later, after all ballots are tallied. It is possible that Trump, if he is even slightly ahead, will declare victory that night and demand that ballots stop being counted. 

That’s why it’s up to us to demand that all ballots are counted and to protect the results. 
Please commit to join us; our democracy is worth it !

Three Possible Scenarios that will need to be addressed

  1. No definitive winner on Election Night.  If counts initially lean Trump, he will falsely claim victory and cast doubt with his base, on the final outcome.
  2. Trump could contest the election into January.  He is already claiming there will be voter fraud by the Dems. And he has the power to disrupt ballot counting, and pressure Republican governors and legislatures to go against the popular vote counts.
  3. Trump loses the election but refuses to leave office. 
Pres. Trump on Election Results

WINNING THE NARRATIVE

We must stand together and act quickly, because clear and decisive action  – especially millions of Americans demanding that local officials, election boards, state representatives, and our members of Congress are held accountable – will make the difference.   We must make it clear that we need to count every vote and have a peaceful transition of power.   
It is up to us !

When:
Nov 4 or later 
Please check your e-mail Wednesday morning for Final Plans

Where:
Sequim City Hall Plaza
(2pm or TBA)

Who:
Indivisible Sequim, Clallam Dems, and other local groups TBA, along with 420 groups across the nation


Here’s how you can be part of the Action

Because this situation is so fluid, notification will be handled with e-mails. Local Indivisible leaders will decide which action makes sense for our situation early Wednesday morning.

You can look for an e-mail from OlyClimate on Wednesday morning with information about the demonstration time and focus.

COVID Resources

PBS NEWSHOUR — Science

New guidance related to how COVID-19 spreads reflects just how easily the disease can be transmitted. The Centers for Disease Control has redefined “close contact” with an infected person to include brief contact that totals to 15 minutes or more of exposure over the course of a 24-hour period. While the shift doesn’t change much in terms of how to keep yourself safe during the pandemic, it does point to how transmissible the coronavirus is, according to The Conversation.

Telehealth has become a common practice during the pandemic as a safe, distant alternative to physically showing up to a doctor’s office. The CARES Act, passed by Congress in March to provide economic relief at the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, removed many barriers to widespread telehealth use. But now, the increased financial strain on health care systems as well as insurance coverage changes means telehealth may become less accessible, even as the pandemic wears on, according to The Conversation.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases — in addition to hospitalizations and deaths — is continuing to rise across the United States, a spike that’s now being classified as the pandemic’s third wave. The rate of positive tests has been increasing in 44 states, according to the Associated Press. In 15 states, those rates are 10 percent or higher, indicating widespread community transmission. 


Public health experts are speaking out about major errors in how many of the country’s leaders have responded to the coronavirus threat. Officials at all levels of government, they say, from federal to state to local, have demonstrated a disregard for safety measures like mask wearing while actively dismissing the credibility of infectious disease experts who call for firmer action to slow the spread of the virus.

“The inconsistency of the response is what’s been so frustrating,” Dr. Irwin Redlener of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University told the Associated Press. “If we had just been disciplined about employing all these public health methods early and aggressively, we would not be in the situation we are in now.”

Scientists are warning that Americans expect too much from a COVID-19 vaccine, which likely won’t be available for several months. An ideal vaccine would both prevent symptoms and any infection with the virus in the first place, but it’s not yet clear if it will be able to protect beyond just mild illness. According to Kaiser Health News, whether any vaccine also reduces severe disease or death will become apparent after it’s distributed and can be studied at a larger scale.


CDC guidance for pandemic-safe approaches to Holiday Gatherings

Holiday Celebrations
Updated Oct. 19, 2020

Solutions

In the face of climate breakdown and ecological overshoot, alluring promises of “green growth” are no more than magical thinking. We need to restructure the fundamentals of our global cultural/economic system to cultivate an “ecological civilization”: one that prioritizes the health of living systems over short-term wealth production. — Patterns of Meaning

Watch Jeremy Lent’s talk on “Living into an Ecological Civilization”

A global crisis of mass starvation looms unless we can turn around the trajectory of our civilization
By 2050, there is projected to be more plastic than fish in the ocean
An ecological civilization would be based on the principles that sustain all living systems

Regional Actions

Climate on Tap

This month’s topic is Taming Bigfoot is back! 
Monday, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
The community carbon footprint reduction competition is coming back.

For further information email Laura Tucker or call 360-379-4491. 


2020 Carbon Friendly Forestry Conference 
Tuesday, November 17 – Wednesday, November 18

Register Now!

November 12, 2020



#FridaysforFuture
Returns to Port Angeles

Fridays from Noon – 1:00

Clallam County Courthouse
223 E 4th St, Port Angeles, WA 98362

National Actions

Measuring Climate Adaptation Success and Progress: Introduction to the Resilience Metrics Toolkit

Wed, November 18, 2020
Noon to 1:00pm PST | Register

Local/Regional News

An update talk by local climate activist and scientist Bob Larsen

Climate Warming: Impact of COVID-19 and Latest Developments

November 12 at 6:30 PM on Zoom

Please RSVP to Pastor Kristin-Luana – kristinluana@gmail.com.
She will send you the zoom link!


OREGON
Kids’ climate case fails in state court

Jennifer Hijazi, E&E News reporter Published: Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Another youth climate lawsuit failed last week after Oregon’s highest court found that the state does not have a responsibility to protect certain natural resources from the effects of climate change.

Karuk Tribe Leads Effort to Fight Racism and Climate Change with Fire

by Dan Bacher
October 16, 2020
CounterPunch.org

Organizers said the Klamath River Prescribed Fire Training Exchange will look very different from past years.

Declining Marine Health Threatens Traditional Subsistence Fishing for Tribes

Editor | South Seattle Emerald

“My nieces won’t know what it’s like to be able to throw a pot at the end of a dock and catch some crab,” Watkinson said.


Pursuing and sustaining a Resilient Recovery

Despite What the Logging Industry Says, Cutting Down Trees Isn’t Stopping Catastrophic Wildfires

by Tony Schick, OPB
Oct. 31, 9 a.m. EDT

For decades, Oregon’s timber industry has promoted the idea that private, logged lands are less prone to wildfires. The problem? Science doesn’t support that.

Sam Drevo walks through wildfire damage in the town of Gates, Oregon, where he owned a home and river guide business. (Tyler Westfall for OPB)

As thousands of Oregon homes burned to rubble last month, the state’s politicians joined the timber industry in blaming worsening wildfires on the lack of logging.

ProPublica

National/International News

Climate justice is at the center of the Biden-Harris plan for tribal nations

By Angely Mercado on
Oct 27, 2020 — Grist

The Biden presidential campaign released the “Biden-Harris Plan for Tribal Nations”.

How Indigenous Peoples Adapted to the Arctic’s Harsh Climate

By Isis Davis-Marks
October 23, 2020
smithsonianmag.com

A new exhibition at the British Museum spotlights an ingenious way of life threatened by global warming

Indigenous communities are standing on the frontlines of COVID-19 and the climate crisis

By Nemonte Nenquimo and Julia Jackson , Opinion Contributor — The Hill

These dual crises are more closely linked than one might think.


Threading our Knowledge of the Past, Creating Action in the Present, and Informing Liberation for our Futures

68 tribal nations in the southwest and central Midwest were being forced to send their children back to school in-person and needed masks. FEMA’s representative asked if we could supply these Indigenous students with personal protective equipment (PPE).

When we asked how it was that the agency entrusted with federal emergency response could not offer support to these nations during a pandemic,

we learned that FEMA’s response to the tribes’ formal request for PPE was that they had already been allocated COVID-19 funds as why monetary support wasn’t being provided to these communities.

Much of COVID-19 response funds were dispersed in late spring or were non-existent for many nations.

During a genocidal presidency, Seeding Sovereignty has announced our Face the Future x Fear the Kids mask drive!

With Your Support We Are Determined to Continue Providing:
– Essential PPE to Indigenous communities and people of the global majority
– Food for elders and community members across the so-called U.S.

Artwork: Britt Crowley
Instagram: @britt.crow.designs


Grist / Comstock / Drew Angerer / Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

The Foreseeable Future

By Nathanael Johnson on
Oct 30, 2020 — Grist

Imagine the election is already over. Now it’s up to you to save the planet.

Three Eastern states plan to develop offshore wind projects

Interest in offshore wind along the East Coast is rippling south from Rhode Island and New Jersey. The governors of Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina announced last week that they plan to work together to advance the deployment of wind projects off their shores and develop new supply chains for the industry.


National Newsletters


Inspiration


A 10-part
Climate Basic Series

This is a series on climate change that I’ve written for our local monthly newsletter, the Southern Midlands Regional News.

Cheers, Nan