Until the November 3rd Election
***Today’s Call To Action***
WE CAN VOTE SAFELY & SECURELY
Yesterday, we remembered those who died defending our representative democracy and our right to vote. Trump’s refusal to protect us from the pandemic continues to result in needless deaths and economic hardship, underscoring how important everyone’s vote truly is. Our right to vote must be safe and our vote itself secure.
Trump’s GOP knows their greed, corruption, and lack of compassion are unpopular. They know if we vote, they will lose. They aim voter suppression efforts toward communities of color and other Democratic strongholds, and their supporters manufacture and service voting machines even fourth graders can hack.
Voting by mail is far more secure. So, Trump and his loyalists spew lies about its legitimacy while dismantling the post office on which it relies. They know their only hope of retaining power is by suppressing our vote. Now, they insist we needlessly make the ultimate sacrifice and risk our lives to vote.
The House passed the Heroes’ Act, fully funding vote-by-mail and USPS. Trump’s GOP Senators say they feel no urgency to do anything but help themselves and their donors. This is unacceptable.
Demand Senate Action!
Secure Our Vote!
**ACTION ONE: CALL OUR U.S. SENATORS**
SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR SENATORS MERKLEY and WYDEN:
My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code].
We appreciate the Senator’s outspoken support for nationwide vote by mail that we enjoy here in Oregon. VBM requires a robust USPS. The Heroes’ Act includes provisions to ensure our medical and financial health during the pandemic, including money for VBM and the post office on which it depends.
We call on him to demand the Senate vote on the Heroes Act free of amendments that protect Trump’s GOP and its corporate donors, specifically liability protection for employers forcing employees back to work in unsafe situations.
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
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
**ACTION TWO: CALL COMPLICIT GREG WALDEN**
SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR WALDEN:
“My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [town/city], Oregon [zip code].
The Heroes’ Act includes provisions to ensure our medical and financial health during the pandemic, including money for vote-by-mail and the post office on which it depends. I demand that Greg Walden repudiate his outrageous NO VOTE on the Heroes Act, and that he publicly support a Senate vote on it free of amendments that risk your constituents’ lives by granting liability protection for employers who force them back to work in unsafe situations and that you oppose any such amendment returned to the House from the Senate.
**ACTION THREE: BE AN ACTIVIST**
Non-ORD2 Indivisible Sponsored Ongoing Event: Oregon Health Authority Coronavirus Update Zoom Conference Calls
TODAY: May 25, 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: Reducing Fire Hazards in the Wildland Urban Interface
May 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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:
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/
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:
**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/