Until the November 3rd Election
***Today’s Call To Action***
NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE
DEMAND CONGRESS DENOUNCE POLICE BRUTALITY
George Floyd’s death under the knee of a white police officer in Minneapolis lays bare America’s history of racism, white supremacy, and police brutality. Donald Trump is a racist. He defends armed white supremacists while calling for the murder of black Americans seeking justice for George Floyd. This we cannot abide.
Congress must unequivocally censure Trump. NOW. Any member of Congress who refuses to do so shares responsibility for the consequences of Trump’s racist, violent actions.
Silence is complicity—Where’s Walden?
Police brutality is escalating into police rioting. They are attacking the very people they are supposed to protect. We demand that Congress immediately pass Representatives Ayanna Pressley’s and Ilhan Omar’s resolution to condemn police brutality.
“Riot is the language of the unheard.” (Martin Luther King Jr). Congress, hear us.
“This should not be ‘normal’ in 2020 America. It can’t be ‘normal’. If we want our children to grow up in a nation that lives up to its highest ideals, we can and must be better.” (President Barack Obama). Congress, be better.
“If we are complacent, if we are silent, we are complicit in perpetuating these cycles of violence. None of us can turn away. We all have an obligation to speak out.” (Vice President Joe Biden). Congress, speak out.
Pass the Pressley-Omar Resolution
**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].
George Floyd’s death lays bare America’s history of racism, white supremacy, and police brutality. Trump calls for the murder of black American’s seeking justice for George Floyd. Congress must do two things immediately. Congress must censure Trump and pass Representatives Pressley’s and Omar’s resolution to condemn police brutality. I am counting on the Senator to make these things happen. If Congress does not, they share responsibility for the consequences of these racist actions.
Silence is complicity.
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].
George Floyd’s death lays bare America’s history of racism, white supremacy, and police brutality. Trump calls for the murder of black American’s seeking justice for George Floyd. Congress must do two things immediately. Congress must censure Trump and pass Representatives Pressley’s and Omar’s resolution to condemn police brutality.
I am NOT counting on Greg Walden to make these things happen. If he continues to march lockstep with his party’s racist policies, then he shares responsibility for the consequences of not shutting down institutional racism and the police brutality it breeds. Perhaps he will surprise me.
In the meantime, silence is complicity.
**ACTION THREE: BE AN ACTIVIST**
Non-ORD2 Indivisible Sponsored Ongoing Event: Oregon Health Authority Coronavirus Update Zoom Conference Calls
June 1, 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.
ORD2 Indivisible Virtual General Meeting
June 8 @ 6:30 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:
…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/