Until the November 3rd Election
Our Recommendations for November
What Voting Blue means to us: We Steering Committee members are pragmatic progressives with no “purity or litmus tests” for our key issues. Rather, we will support the candidate that comes closest to our positions, which means that moderate Joe Biden is much preferred to fascist Donald Trump. And, electability matters; one can’t govern from the sidelines. Sometimes that means backing someone who looks less blue than their opponent, someone who is in a better position to be elected and actually help us. Finally, some candidates might want us to maintain our distance for political reasons specific to their constituencies. We respect that, so people we would otherwise recommend may be missing from this list.
President: Joe Biden
U.S. Senate: Jeff Merkley
U.S. Congress CD2: Alex Spenser
Secretary of State: Shemia Fagan
State Treasurer: Tobias Read
State Attorney General: Ellen Rosenblum
State Senate District 2: Jerry Allen
State House District 4: Mary Middleton
State House District 5: Pam Marsh
State House District 6: Alberto Enriquez
Jackson County Commissioner: Terrie Martin
***Today’s Call To Action***
Protect the Census and Post Office
Trump’s war on our Constitution, democracy, and fair elections has reached a new high. He’s now sabotaging both Post Office and 2020 Census. The GOP cares only about the rich and powerful, ignoring the needs of ordinary Americans.
Meanwhile, Trump’s popularity has plummeted as voters other than his hardcore base realize what we have been writing for four years—Trump is an incompetent con man who is unfit to govern. To win reelection and protect the GOP governing majority, he needs voter suppression and a non-representative census, cementing GOP power for decades.
Trump has been trying to weaponize the census against Latinos and Democrats since he was sworn into office. He wants massive undercounting to dilute Democratic states’ influence in Congress, and to send more federal money to GOP-run states, thus depriving Black and Latinix communities their fair share of political representation and federal funding. To date, 60% of households have responded to the census, with communities that Trump is trying to marginalize at only 40%. Door-to-door visits—much harder during the C-19 pandemic—have been hampered by funding cuts imposed pre-2016 by a GOP Congress.
Stop Trump’s Attack on the Census!
Fund the Post Office!
Expand Voting 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].
For Merkley: Trump’s war on our Constitution, democracy, and fair elections has reached new heights. He’s now sabotaging both the Post Office and the 2020 Census. Congress must ensure that the census produced is truly representative and that the Census Bureau is provided sufficient funding and given until April 30, 2021 to complete this task. Please thank Senator Merkley for co-sponsoring S. 4048, which will do just that, and work to create a body of experts to develop standards for assessing what the Bureau produces. Also, please ask him to keep trying to pass the full HEROES Act, including the $25 billion for the Post Office.
For Wyden: Trump’s war on our Constitution, democracy, and fair elections has reached new heights. He’s now sabotaging both the Post Office and the 2020 Census. Congress must ensure that the census produced is truly representative and that the Census Bureau is provided sufficient funding and given until April 30, 2021 to complete this task. Please ask Senator Wyden to co-sponsor and fight for passage of S. 4048, which will do just that, and work to create a body of experts to develop standards for assessing what the Bureau produces. Also, please ask him to keep trying to pass the full HEROES Act, including the $25 billion for the Post Office.
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].
Trump’s war on our Constitution, democracy, and fair elections has reached new heights. He’s now sabotaging both the Post Office and the 2020 Census. It is time for Greg Walden to put country over party, vote for HR. 7034—which ensures that the census is truly representative and that the Census Bureau is sufficiently funded and given until April 30, 2021 to complete this task—and demand that your Senate colleagues do likewise.
Where’s Walden? History is watching; Greg’s legacy is at stake.
**ACTION THREE: BE AN ACTIVIST**
August 14, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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:
**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/