189 Days

Until the November 3rd Election


First ballots mailed tomorrow for

May state and local elections! 

 

Important Dates

TODAY, April 28: Voter registration deadline*

April 29: First ballots are mailed

May 19: Primary Election Day

*You can’t vote if you’re not registered! Check here to confirm or change your registration status. The deadline is . . .

TONIGHT at midnight!

Don’t delay. Urge all of your like-minded friends and family to do the same. Progressive activism means working the entire ballot, including seemingly obscure local boards and commissions.

Make the BLUE WAVE wash over every level of government!



Today’s Call To Action

THE PEOPLE’S AGENDA:

INCOME, HEALTH CARE, VOTING FOR ALL


It’s time to directly support the people and the states charged with protecting and caring for us. It’s time to stop accepting pittances, excluding the most vulnerable, and giving billions to the wealthiest among us. McConnell’s Senate passed give-aways to big donors and corporations. Hoping that We-the-People would get something, well-intentioned Democrats voted for those bills. Yet without legislative oversight, direct payments to people are spotty and funds to keep workers on small business payrolls went to well-connected corporations.

House Democrats have proposed legislation to provide monthly income support and access to affordable health care for everyone. Meanwhile, the Trump/McConnell greed machine (with Greg Walden’s full support) wants to block the use of food support for grocery deliveries, remove protections for LGBTQ, and destroy vote-by-mail (VBM), and bankrupt the USPS as well as state governments—blue states in particular.

Future COVID-19 bills must originate in the House. Our members of Congress should pledge to vote NO unless legislation includes everyoneirrespective of race, employment, immigration status, health, or whether they are LGBTQ—and the bills contain provisions for:

  • Guaranteeing income
  • Protecting public health
  • Keeping states solvent
  • Fully funding VBM and USPS
  • Specifying robust legislative oversight

Demand a Government

Of  the People

By the People 

FOR THE PEOPLE!

 


**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].

We appreciate Democratic efforts to pass legislation that helps We-the-People. McConnell’s Senate-initiated bills have been giveaways to big donors and corporations, and the little reserved for the rest of us has been directed back to them because the bills have lacked oversight. Today I ask the Senator to take The People’s Pledge to vote NO on any legislation that doesn’t:

  • Keep people on payrolls, increase funding for our most vulnerable populations, and protect public health with universal access to affordable care and sufficient protection for first-line workers
  • Keep struggling states solvent
  • Protect our elections by fully funding vote-by-mail, election security, and the USPS
  • Provide robust legislative oversight
  • Ensure everyone is protected, irrespective of race, employment, immigration status, health, who they love, and how they identify

Without these provisions, it’s simply our tax dollars going where they are not needed at the expense of your constituents not being healthy or safe.

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]. 

McConnell’s Senate-initiated bills have been giveaways to big donors and corporations, and the little reserved for the rest of us has been directed back to them because the bills have lacked legislative oversight. Today I demand that Greg Walden take The People’s Pledge to vote NO on any legislation that doesn’t:

  • Keep people on payrolls, increase funding for our most vulnerable populations, and protect public health with universal access to affordable care and sufficient protection for first-line workers
  • Keep struggling states solvent
  • Protect our elections by fully funding vote-by-mail, election security, and the USPS
  • Provide robust legislative oversight
  • Ensure everyone is protected, irrespective of race, employment, immigration status, health, who they love, and how they identify

Without these provisions, it’s simply our tax dollars going where they are not needed at the expense of your constituents not being healthy or safe.

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 Ongoing Event: Oregon Health Authority Coronavirus Update Zoom Conference Calls
April 29, 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Ongoing every Monday, Wednesday and Friday
#MyORHealth  Support is available for Oregon’s “helpers”

Lines for Life has created a Virtual Wellness Room to offer support to helpers, mental health professionals, first responders, social workers and anyone considered an essential worker during the COVID-19 pandemic in Oregon. Each check-in call will have a facilitator to guide the conversation.

“We at Lines for Life want to thank you for all the work you do to keep our communities safe,” the organization said. “We are offering a place for helpers to exchange stories of hope and areas of need. We especially want to hear what things are coming up for you personally and explore how we can cheer one another on to continue the good work you are already doing. We ultimately want to create space to breathe out stress and breathe in hope.”

The meetings are held using Zoom conference calls from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at this link: https://zoom.us/j/4848426773. Please share this invite with anyone in your network of Oregon helpers.

Non-ORD2 Indivisible Sponsored Event: Fire and Climate Summit Webinar Series: Preparing for Wildfire Season During the COVID-19 Pandemic- Virtual
May 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
https://ord2indivisible.org/event/non-ord2-indivisible-sponsored-event-fire-and-climate-summit-webinar-series-preparing-for-wildfire-season-during-the-covid-19-pandemic-virtual/

ORD2 Indivisible Virtual General Meeting: Candidate Meet & Greet – Your Home!
May 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
https://ord2indivisible.org/event/ord2-indivisible-virtual-general-meeting-candidate-meet-greet-your-home/

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.comwith 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:

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/


SOURCES:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-25/democrats-eye-cold-hard-cash-in-next-stimulus-round

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/pelosi-says-democrats-will-push-vote-mail-next-coronavirus-relief-n1193276

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/21/mcconnell-slams-brakes-coronavirus-aid-199890

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-24/congress-braced-for-a-bruising-fight-over-next-virus-relief-bill?utm_source=url_link

https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-federal-bailout-businesses-20200424-776jvxegorfyhi4kldjw6mmvwm-story.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/24/business/tax-breaks-wealthy-virus.html

https://www.nbcnews.com/business/economy/firms-trump-links-or-worth-100-million-got-small-business-n1190741

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-25/trump-sued-for-denying-checks-to-americans-married-to-immigrants

https://www.washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2020/04/24/trump-postal-service-loan-treasury/

https://faq.usps.com/s/article/Mail-Service-Alerts-and-Updates#dpo_mail_service_disruptions

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/04/why-mitch-mcconnell-wants-states-go-bankrupt/610714/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/mcconnells-rejection-of-federal-aid-for-states-risks-causing-a-depression-analysts-say/2020/04/26/1fd4731c-8632-11ea-a3eb-e9fc93160703_story.html

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/24/trump-team-moves-to-scrap-protections-for-lgbtq-patients-206398

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/23/lowest-low-mcconnell-and-trump-ripped-blocking-food-assistance-covid-19-package

https://www.salon.com/2020/04/05/health-care-insurers-expected-to-raise-premiums-by-as-much-as-40-to-recoup-coronavirus-losses/

https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/fintan-o-toole-donald-trump-has-destroyed-the-country-he-promised-to-make-great-again-1.4235928?mode=sample&auth-failed=1&pw-origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.irishtimes.com%2Fopinion%2Ffintan-o-toole-donald-trump-has-destroyed-the-country-he-promised-to-make-great-again-1.4235928