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
- 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.
- 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.
- Trump loses the election but refuses to leave office.
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 !
Nov 4 or later
Please check your e-mail Wednesday morning for Final Plans
Sequim City Hall Plaza
(2pm or TBA)
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.
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
Updated Oct. 19, 2020
Considerations for Communities of Faith
Updated Oct. 29, 2020
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”
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
Returns to Port Angeles
Fridays from Noon – 1:00
Clallam County Courthouse
223 E 4th St, Port Angeles, WA 98362
Measuring Climate Adaptation Success and Progress: Introduction to the Resilience Metrics Toolkit
Wed, November 18, 2020
Noon to 1:00pm PST | Register
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org.
She will send you the zoom link!
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.
by Dan Bacher
October 16, 2020
Organizers said the Klamath River Prescribed Fire Training Exchange will look very different from past years.
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.
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.
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
By Angely Mercado on
Oct 27, 2020 — Grist
The Biden presidential campaign released the “Biden-Harris Plan for Tribal Nations”.
By Isis Davis-Marks
October 23, 2020
A new exhibition at the British Museum spotlights an ingenious way of life threatened by global warming
By Nemonte Nenquimo and Julia Jackson , Opinion Contributor — The Hill
These dual crises are more closely linked than one might think.
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.
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.
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