STOP TRUMP’S GRAB FOR EMERGENCY POWERS
More is at stake in the fight over the border wall than the costs and tragedies the shutdown has and will inflict. It’s Trump’s treacherous inclination to declare a (fake) national emergency to get what he wants.
“I can do it if I want,” Trump declared in the Rose Garden Friday.
His belief that he can declare a national emergency to circumvent intractable opposition is dangerous. That’s because hundreds of unique powers would become available to him.
Theoretically, Trump would have the power to:
- Control public communications including the Internet
- Detain “suspicious” people and deny them their civil rights
- Freeze bank accounts and much, much more
Trump has chafed at the limits of presidential authority, and emergency powers would extend his reach. Such powers have been misused in the Philippines and Turkey to establish dictatorships. In the US, they could quickly and legally unravel our democracy.
Some checks exist to prevent abuse but, at the moment, they all depend on Republicans in Congress and the Supreme Court rising above conservative politics.
We need to immediately restore a functioning government – without paying terrorist Trump’s ransom demand. And our MoCs must ferociously fight any move toward a fake national emergency.
Crush this threat now!
**ACTION ONE: CALL OUR SENATORS**
SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR SENATORS WYDEN AND MERKLEY:
“My name is [Name]. I am a constituent living in [town/city], ZIP code [number]. I’m calling to express my strong support for the Senator’s position of no money for the wall. But I am also very concerned about the threat to our democracy if Trump declares a fake emergency just to get what he wants. I ask the Senator to ferociously denounce Trump’s power grab and block consideration of any bills unrelated to opening the government until a vote is held to reopen the government. Thank you”
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142
La Grande: (541) 960-7691
Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: (202) 224-3753
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129
**ACTION TWO: CALL COMPLICIT GREG WALDEN**
COMPLICIT GREG WALDEN
DC (202) 225-6730, Medford: (541) 776-4646,
Bend (541) 389-4408, La Grande (541) 624-2400
**ACTION THREE: BE AN ACTIVIST**
Visit the ORD2 Indivisible Event Calendar on a regular basis to keep updated on our local activities. Participate with us as often as you can. Check out the following:
Non-ORD2 Indivisible Sponsored Event: Hate Crimes Listening Session – Medford
January 9 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Non-ORD2 Indivisible Sponsored Event: Women’s March Flash Mob Rehearsal – Ashland
January 13 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Women’s March Southern Oregon – Medford
January 19 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Rogue Indivisible: Grants Pass Womens Wave – Grants Pass
January 19 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Rogue Indivisible: Women In Politics – Grants Pass
January 19 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Non-ORD2 Indivisible Sponsored Event: The Karen Lovely Band – Post Women’s March Celebration – Ashland
January 19 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
TEACH & GREET Featuring Representative Pam Marsh – Talent
January 20 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
SUBMIT EVENTS TO BE ADDED TO THE ORD2 INDIVISIBLE EVENT CALENDAR
Help us keep current with our event postings. https://ord2indivisible.org/submit-your-event/
THE ATLANTIC, JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019: ”WHAT THE PRESIDENT COULD DO IF HE DECLARES A STATE OF EMERGENCY”
ABC NEWS, 1/5/19: “TRUMP CONSIDERING DECLARING NATIONAL EMERGENCY IN AN EFFORT TO SECURE WALL FUNDING: SOURCES TELL ABC NEWS THE DISCUSSIONS ARE STILL ON THE ‘WORKING LEVEL.’”
WASHINGTON POST, 1/4/19:“I CAN DO IT IF I WANT’: TRUMP THREATENS TO INVOKE EMERGENCY POWERS TO BUILD BORDER WALL”
WASHINGTON POST, 1/4/19: “MILLIONS FACE DELAYED TAX REFUNDS, CUTS TO FOOD STAMPS AS WHITE HOUSE SCRAMBLES TO DEAL WITH SHUTDOWN’S CONSEQUENCES”
MONEY, 1/4/19: “THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN WILL COST MORE THAN TRUMP’S $5 BILLION BORDER WALL FUNDING, ACCORDING TO EXPERTS