Until the November 3rd Election
***Today’s Call To Action***
SHIELD EMPLOYERS FROM ACCOUNTABILITY
WORKERS PAY THE PRICE
Despite many examples of employers failing to provide adequate workplace safety protocols during the pandemic, Republicans are not advocating for improved worker protection. Instead, they are pushing to lessen legal accountability for companies. What happened to Of the People, By the People, For the People?
Grim Reaper McConnell has declared that the Heroes Act just passed by the House will not pass the Senate unless it includes immunity from lawsuits for companies whose workers fall ill or die from COVID-19. Shielding companies from legal liability has long been a goal of the GOP, and they are using the cover of the pandemic to push their agenda. We the People stand to “Just Say NO!”
OSHA established emergency standards during the H1N1 outbreak. Under Trump’s mis-administration, it has not. Instead, along with the CDC, OSHA has issued only voluntary guidelines. not even requiring businesses to report the number of workers stricken with COVID-19. The CDC’s new guidelines state that essential workers who have been exposed but are still asymptomatic can be FORCED TO WORK. We the People stand to “Just Say NO!”
Protect the People!
Hold Business Accountable!
Save American Democracy 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 [city], Oregon [zip code].
Congress should be working to protect workers from COVID-19, not protecting employers from the legal obligation to provide safe workplaces. I am asking the Senator to demand that the Senate version of the Heroes Act include protections for workers and uphold legal accountability for businesses. I am also asking him to actively support the Every Worker Protection Act.
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].
Congress should be working to protect workers from COVID-19, not protecting employers from the legal obligation to provide safe workplaces. I remain OUTRAGED that Greg Walden voted against the Heroes Act. I DEMAND that he put the health and safety of his constituents ahead of the demands of corporations and their lobbyists.
Tell Greg that supporting the Every Worker Protection Act is a moral imperative and the very least he can do for the people of ORD2 before he rides off to his lucrative retirement in December. Tell Greg that We the People demand he insist all economic relief packages include protections for workers and uphold legal accountability for businesses.
**ACTION THREE: BE AN ACTIVIST**
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/