146 Days

Until the November 3rd Election


***Today’s Call To Action***

TRUMP’S MASSIVE COVID-19 FAILURE IS CRUSHING BLACK COMMUNITIES


The life-crushing impact of America’s racism in law enforcement, employment, housing and education has always been obvious for those who refused to turn away. Now, it’s being documented for the COVID-19 (C-19) pandemic’s assault on health in our country.

Nationally, the mortality rate of Black C-19 patients is TRIPLE that of whites. In some states, Black C-19 patient deaths are six times (Wisconsin) to seven times (Kansas) greater than white patients.

Many Black Americans avoid wearing masks fearing they will be targeted by police. They often have less access to C-19 testing. Fearing job loss, often without health insurance, Black Americans delay seeking care but are three times more likely to require hospitalization because of the severity of their disease. And, when resources are limited, they are less likely to be put on ventilators.

What can be done? C-19 disparities argue powerfully for universal healthcare, an issue we have been advocating for since ORD2 Indivisible was formed in early 2017. 

We will continue to lobby our members of Congress to make universal healthcare a reality. In the meantime, we can improve C-19 healthcare for communities of color by putting testing centers into those communities. We must demand that the government financially supports all people in isolation by replacing lost income. Workers need adequate personal protection equipment, especially when they cannot maintain social distancing, e.g., meatpacking houses, nursing homes, grocery stores, warehouses and prisons.

Fighting C-19 effectively requires structural reform. As a Harvard physician wrote in the British Medical Journal last week,

“There is no stopping COVID-19 without stopping racism.”


**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]. 

In this pandemic, it’s clear that the COVID-19 virus is hitting hardest in Black communities. Since there is no stopping C-19 without stopping it in Black communities, I ask the Senator for the following:

  • Immediately, testing must be ramped-up in Black communities.
  • For those testing positive, the government must help them isolate and replace their lost income.
  • Essential workers must have adequate PPE when they can’t maintain social distance such as in nursing homes, meatpacking houses, grocery stores, warehouses and prisons.
  • In the long term, we need universal health care because the comorbidities that put Black Americans at the greatest risk for C-19 are diseases including hypertension, obesity, diabetes, asthma and others that may not be adequately addressed without good access to health care—we need universal health care NOW.

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]. 

In this pandemic, it’s clear that the COVID-19 virus is hitting hardest in Black communities. Since there is no stopping C-19 without stopping it in Black communities, tell Greg Walden that we need these things to happen NOW:

  • Immediately, testing must be ramped-up in Black communities.
  • For those testing positive, the government must help them isolate and replace their lost income.
  • Essential workers must have adequate PPE when they can’t maintain social distance such as in nursing homes, meatpacking houses, grocery stores, warehouses and prisons.
  • In the long term, we need universal health care because the comorbidities that put Black Americans at the greatest risk for C-19 are diseases including hypertension, obesity, diabetes, asthma and others that may not be adequately addressed without good access to health care—we need universal health care NOW.

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. 

History is watching; Greg’s legacy is at stake. Racist 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:

May 27, 2020: “What’s Behind the COVID-19 Racial Disparity?” https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/05/we-dont-know-whats-behind-covid-19-racial-disparity/612106/

Washington Post, May 6, 2020: “Disproportionately black counties account for over half of coronavirus cases in the U.S. and nearly 60% of deaths, study finds” https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/05/06/study-finds-that-disproportionately-black-counties-account-more-than-half-covid-19-cases-us-nearly-60-percent-deaths/

The Guardian, May 28, 2020: “As 100,000 die, the virus lays bare America’s brutal fault lines – race, gender, poverty and broken politics” https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/may/28/us-coronavirus-death-toll-racial-disparity-inequality

BMJ Opinion, June 5, 2020: “There is no stopping covid-19 without stopping racism” https://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2020/06/05/there-is-no-stopping-covid-19-without-stopping-racism/

CDC, June 4, 2020: “COVID-19 in Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups” https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/racial-ethnic-minorities.html

JAMA Network, May 11, 2020: “Covid-19 and Racial/Ethnic Disparities” https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2766098

Vox, June 1, 2020: “The anger behind the protests, explained in 4 charts” https://www.vox.com/2020/5/31/21276004/anger-police-killing-george-floyd-protests

Mapping Police Violence: https://mappingpoliceviolence.org/