174 Days

Until the November 3rd Election


Oregon Primary Election

Ballots are due on May 19, 8:00 p.m.

Postmark DOES NOT COUNT.

The recommended deadline to mail completed ballots is tomorrow, May 14.

Please VOTE!

Track your ballot here.

Don’t delay; study your voter pamphlet, make your decisions, mark your ballot, put it in the Postage Paid envelope, and mail it in or deposit it in a county ballot box (locations) before you lose it under a stack of bills! Urge all of your like-minded friends and family to do the same.

Progressive activism means voting the ENTIRE ballot, including seemingly obscure local boards and commissions, and those pesky initiatives. 

Help the BLUE WAVE wash over every level of government!


***Today’s Call To Action***

STOP TRUMP’S ‘TRANSITION TO GREATNESS’ BEFORE HE KILLS MORE PEOPLE


The clearest picture yet that Trump’s primary goal is to help himself, leaving the lives of others a distant secondemerged yesterday at a Senate hearingHe is rushing to get businesses restarted because the catastrophic damage to the economy is dragging his reelection prospects down with it. (Trump does not care about The People. And he lies.) 

Trump’s ‘TRANSITION TO GREATNESS collided with science yesterday when the government’s top COVID-19 (C-19) scientist, Anthony Fauci, told Senators that premature reopening would cause “needless suffering and death.”

Trump has been inciting his followers—including those heavily armed—by preaching that the “people . . . want their freedom now,” and suggesting that Democratic governors are withholding those freedoms. He also maintains that the protective measures are the Democrat’s ploy to keep the economy in limbo until the November election. (Trump’s tactics are divisive; he is unfit and unable to lead.)

Ironically, on Monday, Trump scrambled to control his own C-19 breakout after two White House staffers tested positive. He ordered everyone in the building to wear a mask, exempting only himself. Rapid testing and contact tracing lead to senior members of the C-19 task force self-isolating. 

Such rapid testing and contact tracing is not available to the rest of us, leading to “needless suffering and death.”  How can Trump shove people back to work when even White House employees aren’t safe? (Because he is a malignant narcissist.)

Stop Trump’s Rush to Reopen!

Listen to the Scientists!


**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].

Trump’s race to reopen the economy will result in “needless suffering and death,” according to Dr. Fauci. I ask that the Senator endorse reopening only when: 

  • We all have the same rapid testing and contact tracing as that available to the White House, which can identify and suppress a flair-up of new cases. 
  • Hospitals have enough supplies and people to keep them from being overwhelmed. 

Also, I encourage him to push McConnell for federal assistance for states and hospitals. Trump abdicated his leadership role in a pandemic and it fell on the states. They now are desperate for the federal government’s help. 

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]. 

Trump’s race to reopen the economy will result in “needless suffering and death,” according to Dr. Fauci. Tell Greg Walden that he should endorse reopening only when: 

  • We all have the same rapid testing and contact tracing as that available to the White House, which can identify and suppress a flair-up of new cases.
  • Hospitals have enough supplies and people to keep them from being overwhelmed. 

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
TODAY: May 13, 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: Digital Activist Training: Campaign Priorities – Speak Up For Our Forests and Clean Water
May 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
https://ord2indivisible.org/event/non-ord2-indivisible-sponsored-event-digital-activist-training-campaign-priorities-speak-up-for-our-forests-and-clean-water/

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:

BBC, May 12, 2020: “Coronavirus: Fauci warns Senate of ‘serious consequences’”    https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-us-canada-52629681   

New York Times, May 12, 2020: “Virus Advisers, at Odds With Trump, Warn Senators Against Hasty Reopening”  https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/12/us/coronavirus-updates.html   

NBC News, May 11, 2020: “Unreleased White House report shows coronavirus rates spiking in heartland communities”  https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/unreleased-white-house-report-shows-coronavirus-rates-spiking-heartland-communities-n1204751   

The Hill, May 5, 2020: “Texas sees thousands of new coronavirus cases days after state’s stay-at-home order lifted”   https://thehill.com/changing-america/well-being/longevity/496216-texas-sees-thousands-of-new-coronavirus-cases-days    

Washington Post, May 12, 2020: “Poll finds bipartisan support for many governors, but not those who embraced reopening”  https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/many-governors-win-bipartisan-support-for-handling-of-pandemic-but-some-republicans-face-blowback-over-reopening-efforts/2020/05/11/8e98500e-93d2-11ea-9f5e-56d8239bf9ad_story.html   

Wired, May 11, 2020: “How Much Is a Human Life Actually Worth?”   https://www.wired.com/story/how-much-is-human-life-worth-in-dollars/?bxid=5cc9dff9fc942d13eb1e6a84&cndid=54804944&esrc=AUTO_PRINT&source=EDT_WIR_NEWSLETTER_0_DAILY_ZZ&utm_brand=wired&utm_campaign=aud-dev&utm_mailing=WIR_Daily_051120&utm_medium=email&utm_source=nl&utm_term=list1_p1   

Business Insider, May 12, 2020: “54% of participants in a new poll cited the Trump administration as a major source of misinformation on the coronavirus”   https://www.businessinsider.com/54-say-trump-admin-source-of-coronavirus-misinformation-gallup-poll-2020-5?utm_source=reddit.com   

The Hill, May 11, 2020:  “Biden campaign drops new digital ad hitting Trump over slow coronavirus response”  https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/497231-biden-campaign-drops-new-digital-ad-hitting-trump-over-slow-coronavirus   

WHO, May 10, 2020: “Considerations for public health and social measures in the workplace in the context of COVID-19”   https://www.who.int/publications-detail/considerations-for-public-health-and-social-measures-in-the-workplace-in-the-context-of-covid-19