Until the November 3rd Election
***Today’s Call To Action***
TRUMP HAS SEEDED A SECOND WAVE OF
C-19 CASES AND DEATHS
We are all in the pandemic boat. Our shared health interest is to survive, so we help each other. If we had not, modelers estimate America would have 35 million cases now instead of 1.6 million. C-19 has killed 100,000+ Americans over the last four months and the outbreak is still far from over.
Ignoring expert advice, Donald “Only I can fix it” Trump pushed to “liberate” states (to showcase his armed resisters), declared churches “essential” (to pander to his evangelical base), and pump the economy (to strengthen his only reelection argument). Trying to reopen prematurely now has the virus circulating in open pubs, pools and pews, ensuring cases and deaths will soar. That’s because 35% of infected people are asymptotic. These are people who look and feel healthy while spreading the virus—a fact lost on low-information (i.e., science-denying) Americans like Trump.
Meanwhile, C-19 is moving into America’s heartland. It spreads in prisons and meat factories. Unprotected workers then spread the virus through their communities. These are communities with poor medical infrastructure and a higher burden of comorbidities. Some experts are projecting at least 70,000 more deaths by the end of summer.
Against this frightening backdrop, Trump continues to think only of himself, insisting that schools reopen “ASAP,” and that a traditional “live” GOP convention take place with 50,000 adoring fans present for his reality TV show performance.
This outbreak can be stopped. Countries as diverse as South Korea and Germany have done it and are safely reopening under science-informed leadership.
Follow the Scientists
Blue Wave 2020
**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].
Experts warn that prematurely reopening to appease Trump and his armed acolytes is seeding a new wave of cases which may result in 70,000 new deaths by the end of the summer. I ask that the Senator to:
- Demand that the Administration provide a national plan for testing, tracing and isolating cases.
- Warn Oregon hospitals to strengthen their systems to handle an outbreak bigger than the one we just saw.
We need to listen to the scientists.
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].
Experts warn that prematurely reopening to appease Trump and his armed acolytes is seeding a new wave of cases which may result in 70,000 new deaths by the end of the summer. Tell Greg Walden to wake up and follow the science! He should be:
- Demanding that the Administration provide a national plan for testing, tracing and isolating cases.
- Warning hospitals in his congressional district to strengthen their systems to handle an outbreak bigger than the one we just saw.
We need to listen to the scientists, not “my gut says” Donald Trump.
**ACTION THREE: BE AN ACTIVIST**
Non-ORD2 Indivisible Sponsored Event: Fire and Climate Summit Webinar Series: Reducing Fire Hazards in the Wildland Urban Interface
TODAY: May 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Non-ORD2 Indivisible Sponsored Ongoing Event: Oregon Health Authority Coronavirus Update Zoom Conference Calls
May 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.
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:
…and voila, you’re ready to go! Send an e-mail to email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
**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/
NPR, May 26, 2020: “As U.S. Nears 100,000 COVID-19 Deaths, Where Is The Country Headed?” https://www.npr.org/2020/05/26/862012540/as-u-s-nears-100-000-covid-19-deaths-where-is-the-country-headed
The Atlantic, May 20, 2020: “America’s Patchwork Pandemic Is Fraying Even Further” https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/05/patchwork-pandemic-states-reopening-inequalities/611866/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=share
Washington Post, May 24, 2020: “A deadly ‘checkerboard’: Covid-19’s new surge across rural America” https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/05/24/coronavirus-rural-america-outbreaks/?arc404=true
NBC News, May 25, 2020: “Second stylist at same Missouri hair salon tests positive; nearly 140 exposed to coronavirus” https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/second-stylist-same-missouri-hair-salon-tests-positive-nearly-140-n1214036
CNN, May 24, 2020: “A cluster of coronavirus cases was reported in Arkansas after a swim party” https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/23/us/arkansas-swim-party-coronavirus/index.html
The Hill, May 19, 2020: “Texas, North Carolina, Arizona see rising cases as they reopen.” https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/498406-texas-north-carolina-arizona-see-rising-cases-as-they-reopen
NPR, May 19, 2020: “Texas Faces A Spike In The Coronavirus Cases At Meatpacking Plants.” https://www.npr.org/2020/05/18/858236538/texas-faces-a-spike-in-the-coronavirus-cases-at-meatpacking-plants
New York Times, May 24, 2020: “Editorial Board: The Most Patriotic Thing You Can Do Right Now.” https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/24/opinion/coronavirus-us.html