173 Days

Until the November 3rd Election


Oregon Primary Election

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

Postmark DOES NOT COUNT.

TODAY is the recommended DEADLINE TO MAIL your ballot. 

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***

HEROES ACT GOES PART WAY TO SAVING US

LET’S CARRY IT TO THE PROGRESSIVE FINISH LINE!


Nancy Pelosi released the House’s $3 trillion+ stimulus package yesterday. We thank the leadership for a bill that does so much right: funding for state and local governments; protection for elections and funds for the Post Office; money for testing and contact tracing, subsidies for Medicaid.

That said, we need to call NOW to make some parts more progressive. The vote could be as early as tomorrow. 

(1) Provisions for direct payments to people are still weak. The Progressive Caucus wants a three-month guarantee of 100% of pay for people earning below $100,000 that renews automatically until consumer demand returns to pre-pandemic levels. The rationale for this policy include: 

  • Businesses can keep workers on the payroll and start up without having to re-hire. 
  • Workers don’t have to search for another job.  
  • The Progressive Caucus may have the votes for a negotiation with leadership.

(2) Undocumented workers must be included in Medicaid.  Everybody needs health insurance to afford care during this pandemic or WE WON’T STOP THE VIRUS. 

(3) Eliminate: 

  • $160 billion tax break for millionaires that was slipped into the CARES Act.  
  • Expansion of the PPP to business, trade groups and advocacy groups. Our taxpayer dollars should not support lobbyists to lobby Congress.

The House is on the right track, but let’s strengthen this bill before negotiations with the Senate begin. 


**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].

Since the Senate is unlikely to take up another rescue package until June, I am calling to ask the Senator to focus on the Attorney General’s attacks on our justice system. Bill Barr’s decision to drop charges against former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn is a direct assault on the rule of law. Barr says “history is written by the winners.”  Might-makes-right isn’t how a democracy should work. Keep up the calls for Barr to resign. I pledge to work hard this election so that Barr will never be seen on the public stage again. 

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]. 

Tell Greg Walden that I called to demand that he support 1) the Progressive Caucus proposal for 100% guaranteed paychecks for people making less than $100,000; 2) Medicaid for undocumented workers; 3) ending the $160 billion tax break for millionaires that was tucked into the CARES Act.

Finally, tell him also to oppose the provision that allows business and trade groups, plus advocacy groups to receive funding under the Paycheck Protection Program. Groups like American Health Insurance Program and the Koch Brothers network Stand Together should not get taxpayer money to lobby 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 Ongoing Event: Oregon Health Authority Coronavirus Update Zoom Conference Calls
May 15, 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/