Until the November 3rd Election
***Today’s Call To Action***
DEMAND IMMEDIATE ACTION TO PROTECT OUR VOTING RIGHTS
Georgia’s botched primary election—marred by long lines in minority and poor areas, technical difficulties with faulty voting machines, voter confusion, precinct closures, poll worker shortages, and undelivered absentee ballots—was caused by Georgia’s structurally racist voting system. This unacceptable miscarriage of voting justice followed years of deliberate voter suppression by GOP lawmakers (and Brian Kemp as Georgia Secretary of State and now Governor). Chief Justice John Robert’s U.S. Supreme Court, which gutted Voting Rights Act in 2013, has also thrown fuel on the voter suppression fire. COVID-19 just gives the GOP additional opportunities to limit ballot access.
Georgia’s primary was a test drive for the GOP plan to suppress the vote in November. The RNC has $20 million allocated to challenge voting-rights lawsuits and hire 50,000 volunteers in 15 key states to intimidate voters at the polls. Voting by mail would subvert these efforts.
We cannot let the GOP steal the 2020 election through voter intimidation and suppression. Everyone, regardless of where they live or the color of their skin, has the right to receive their ballot at home; voting by mail would protect them from both voter suppression and COVID-19.
The time for planning November’s election is now. Congress must provide the funds states need to prepare, plan and increase security ahead of the election, and pass legislation that expands voting options while maintaining healthy and safe polling places.
Demand an End to GOP Voter Suppression!
Demand Vote By Mail!
**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].
As Georgia’s botched primary election demonstrates, our election systems are at a breaking point. We need immediate action to ensure a free and fair election in November in which all Americans can participate. Please thank the Senator for co-sponsoring the Vote Safe Act (S.3725). I am calling on him to convince the Senate to pass both this and the HEROES Act, which together will provide the funding necessary for states to begin the arduous tasks of creating new procedures for safe and effective voting and educating voters about how to use them.
Also, please remind him to call for both Barr and Trump to resign. Publicly. Loudly. Every Day.
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].
As Georgia’s botched primary election demonstrates, our election systems are at a breaking point, and we need immediate action to ensure that November’s election is free and fair and one in which all Americans may fully participate. Although the House has already passed the HEROES Act, more needs to be done. Tell Greg Walden to co-sponsor the Vote Safe Act (HR.6807) that expands voting options while maintaining healthy and safe polling places and to work for its passage, which will provide the additional funding to allow states to create new procedures for safe and effective voting and to educate voters on using them.
This should be another nonpartisan issue; democracy demands access to safe voting. 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.
**ACTION THREE: BE AN ACTIVIST**
US Senator Ron Wyden Virtual Town Hall – Hood River, Sherman, Gilliam, Wheeler and Wasco Counties
TODAY: June 12 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Non-ORD2 Indivisible Sponsored Ongoing Event: Oregon Health Authority Coronavirus Update Zoom Conference Calls
TODAY: June 12, 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.
Non-ORD2 Indivisible Sponsored Event: BLM Community Outspeak – Medford
TOMORROW: June 13 @ 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
US Senator Ron Wyden Virtual Town Hall – Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lake Counties
June 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Friday Night at the Guerrilla Drive-In – Medford
June 19 @ 8:30 pm – 11:30 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/