147 Days

Until the November 3rd Election


***Today’s Call To Action***

“IN ORDER TO HEAL AS A NATION, WE MUST FIX WHAT IS BROKEN”

(CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS)


Racism, police brutality and COVID-19 are all public health crises. All three disproportionately impact black communities because systemic racism is embedded in US culture. In this moment, after witnessing the murders of George Floyd and so many others, we all join together to demand change. Silence is complicity.

Police responded brutally to peaceful protesters demanding racial justice, although they remained passive in response to armed Trump supporters invading state capitols to demand premature re-opening. Trump responded with racist language, threatened to use the military to suppress peaceful protests, and used unidentifiable armed men who might be federal agents or might be mercenaries or militia.

We must name the problem, speak truth to power, and ACT to bring REAL CHANGE. Congressional Democrats unveiled the Justice in Policing Act of 2020, promising future bills to further remedy racial injustices. Both Houses must pass the Murphy/Schumer bill requiring federal agents to be identifiable, and the Senate must pass the Heroes Act. We ask all Democrats to co-sponsor and publicly advocate for these bills’ immediate passage.

We demand that public health and safety replace racism and police brutality.

We join together, peacefully, for racial justice.

Silence is not an option.


**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]. 

Systemic racism, police brutality, and COVID-19 have combined in this moment to highlight the need to acknowledge our history and act to change the future. I urge the Senator to co-sponsor and advocate for immediate passage of The Justice in Policing Act of 2020, the Murphy/Schumer bill requiring federal agents to be identifiable, and passage of the HEROES Act in the Senate.

Also, please remind him to call for both Barr’s and Trump’s resignation. Publicly. Loudly. Every day. 

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]. 

Systemic racism, police brutality, and COVID-19 have combined in this moment to highlight the need to acknowledge our history and act to change the future. These are not partisan issues; they are human issues.

To remain silent now, as Greg continues to do, is a moral outrage. If that is his decision, I call on him to resign his office effective immediately. 

If he decides to do the right thing, then tell him to support and advocate for the immediate passage of The Justice in Policing Act of 2020, the Murphy/Schumer bill requiring federal agents to be identifiable, and passage of the Heroes Act in the Senate.

History is watching; Greg’s legacy is at stake. Fascist sympathizer or American patriot?

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
June 10, 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.

Friday Night at the Guerrilla Drive-In – Medford
June 19 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 pm
https://ord2indivisible.org/event/friday-night-at-the-guerrilla-drive-in-medford/

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/


SOURCES:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vBUSUehIxog

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/democrats-unveil-broad-police-reform-bill-pledge-to-transform-law-enforcement/2020/06/08/1ed07d7a-a992-11ea-94d2-d7bc43b26bf9_story.html

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/06/06/draft-democratic-proposal-seeks-big-changes-to-policing-304619

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/pelosi-top-democrats-unveil-police-reform-bill-n1227376

https://www.npr.org/2020/06/08/871625856/in-wake-of-protests-democrats-to-unveil-police-reform-legislation

Racism and Police Brutality:

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/08/george-floyd-killing-police-arrest-non-violent-protesters?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/police-violence-pandemic/2020/06/05/e1a2a1b0-a669-11ea-b619-3f9133bbb482_story.html

https://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/2020/06/opinion-the-black-community-deserves-justice-now-is-the-time.html

Action Pages:

https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/campaign-zero-8-cant-wait-police-violence-1010013/

https://m4bl.org/week-of-action/

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/07/police-consent-decrees-trump-administration-oversight?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

https://cbc.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=2194

President Obama’s Town Hall on Racism and Police Brutality:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZevgdbMIB0

https://www.obama.org/anguish-and-action/?utm_source=crm&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Youtube_Commencement_060720

Trump and the Military on Peaceful Protests:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/06/05/89-former-defense-officials-military-must-never-be-used-violate-constitutional-rights/

https://www.thenation.com/article/politics/trump-military-emergency-powers/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2020/06/05/united-states-militarization-trump/