201 Days

Until the November 3rd Election


SAVE THE POST OFFICE!

(Can’t believe we have to write this!)


The COVID-19 pandemic is teaching us the importance of interconnection, our common fate and reliance upon one another. The US Postal Service (USPS) knits us together in fundamental ways. 328 million Americans rely on it for a range of essential services—including prescription drugs, packages from online retailers and the promised $1,200 government checks, to name a few. The USPS also facilitates voting since two-thirds of the states allow everyone to vote-by-mail. 

The USPS, dating back to 1792 and enshrined in the Constitution, is the most beloved federal agency with a 90% approval rating. Of its 630,000 workersover 100,000 are veterans and 28% are African American. Despite COVID-19, postal workers make their rounds every day, risking their lives to serve our communities. 

Tragically, the USPS is now on verge of collapse. The drastic decline in mail volume caused by COVID-19 is compounding the financial stress imposed by the 2006 GOP Congress’ requirement to pre-fund retirees’ health benefits through 2056. Although the House repealed this requirement in February, the Senate has not acted. Then Donald Trump stepped in to exacerbate the problem: $25 billion Congress designated for the USPS in the CARES Act was deleted when the Fake President threatened a veto. 

 

All plans for a secure, legitimate general election in November depend heavily on expanding vote-by-mail. The Trumpists would like nothing better than to cripple the USPS. 

We cannot let this happen!

Make your Calls!

Demand that the USPS be fully funded!


**ACTION ONE: CALL OUR U.S. SENATORS**

SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR SENATORS MERKLEY and WYDEN:

“My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [town/city], Oregon [zip code].

Please thank the Senator for working tirelessly to protect us during these dangerous times. Trump and the GOP, by seeking to privatize the Postal Service and limit voting by mail, will starve our democracy, destroy the ties that bind us, cutting off the flow of goods we need to survive. We cannot let them succeed.

The next stimulus package must include full funding for vote-by-mail, billions to save the Postal Service, and provisions of the USPS Fairness Act (HR.2382). Unless these and guaranteed legislative oversight of all appropriated funds are part of the package, I urge the Senator to refuse unanimous consent.  

Thank you.”


SENATOR JEFF MERKLEY

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
https://www.merkley.senate.gov/contact/

 

SENATOR RON WYDEN

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
https://www.wyden.senate.gov/contact/

 


**ACTION TWO: CALL COMPLICIT GREG WALDEN**

SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR WALDEN:

“My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [town/city], Oregon [zip code]. 

I am calling to demand that Greg Walden puts his constituents before his party and his president. Trump and Walden’s GOP, by seeking to privatize the Postal Service and limit voting by mail, will starve our democracy, destroy the ties that bind us, cutting off the flow of goods we need to survive. Tell Greg to not vote for another spending package that doesn’t include fully funding vote-by-mail and the post office, and guaranteed legislative oversight of all funds appropriated by Congress.  

Thank you.”

COMPLICIT GREG WALDEN

DC (202) 225-6730, Medford: (541) 776-4646
Bend (541) 389-4408, La Grande (541) 624-2400
https://walden.house.gov/contact-greg/email-me


**ACTION THREE: BE AN ACTIVIST**

Non-ORD2 Indivisible Sponsored Event: GO LIVE with KS Wild and Rogue Riverkeeper: Clean Water and Forest Campaign Updates Online
April 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
https://ord2indivisible.org/event/non-ord2-indivisible-sponsored-event-go-live-with-ks-wild-and-rogue-riverkeeper-clean-water-and-forest-campaign-updates-online/

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden Virtual Town Hall
April 17 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
https://ord2indivisible.org/event/u-s-senator-ron-wyden-virtual-town-hall/

Non-ORD2 Indivisible Sponsored Event: Online event: Ask an Expert about Wildflowers of the Illinois River
April 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
https://ord2indivisible.org/event/non-ord2-indivisible-sponsored-event-online-event-ask-an-expert-about-wildflowers-of-the-illinois-river/

Non-ORD2 Indivisible Sponsored Event: SOCAN Facebook Live, 50th Anniversary of Earth Day
April 22 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
https://ord2indivisible.org/event/non-ord2-indivisible-sponsored-event-socan-facebook-live-50th-anniversary-of-earth-day/

Non-ORD2 Indivisible Sponsored Event: Earth Day Online with Alice DiMicele
April 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
https://ord2indivisible.org/event/non-ord2-indivisible-sponsored-event-earth-day-online-with-alice-dimicele/

Non-ORD2 Indivisible Sponsored Event: Find out about Fungus with John Villella Online!
April 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
https://ord2indivisible.org/event/non-ord2-indivisible-sponsored-event-find-out-about-fungus-with-john-villella-online/

Ongoing Action: ORD2 Indivisible Virtual Postcard and Letter Writing Parties

Postcards to Voters:

Our postcard team is temporarily suspending the delivery of postcards to your door. However, the good news is that you will find everything you need to continue writing from home (including templates to print your own or purchase pre-printed cards) here: https://postcardstovoters.org

You can sign up through https://postcardstovoters.org/volunteer/

To avoid unnecessary trips to the post office, order stamps directly from the USPS:
https://store.usps.com/store/product/buy-stamps/coral-reefs-postcard-stamp-S_745104

…and voila, you’re ready to go! Send an e-mail to chouard.jeanne@gmail.com with any questions.

Letters to Voters

We encourage our team of volunteers to sign up with Swing Left to start writing letters to voters in 12 swing states.  It is super easy to join. Check out their website, sign up, and let’s start writing! https://swingleft.org/

Send an e-mail to dasja@dasjadolan.com if you would like more information about how to get involved.

Virtual Letter-writing Parties

We encourage you to join virtual letter-writing parties hosted by Oregon Indivisible / Swing Left. The parties are held at noon every Saturday and on the last Tuesday of every month. Here are the links for the next two parties:

April 18 virtual letter-writing party – https://www.mobilize.us/swingleft/event/267144/
April 25 virtual letter-writing party – https://www.mobilize.us/swingleft/event/267146/

**Visit the ORD2 Indivisible Event Calendar on a regular basis to keep updated on local activities. Participate with us as often as you can. We also encourage you to submit events to be added to the ORD2 Indivisible Event Calendar and help us keep current with our event postings. https://ord2indivisible.org/submit-your-event/