76 Days

Until the November 3rd Election


We’ve been calling it the November 3rd election, but it really takes place in OCTOBER. Mail service could be iffy this year with Trump and DeJoy attacking the USPS. We urge you to vote early, use a ballot box if you can get to one, then track your ballot (more on tracking once the ballots are mailed).

Important Dates:

October 13: Last day to register to vote; postmark or online by 11:59 pm

October 14-20: Voter’s ballots mailed; find your ballot box

October 20: Last day for county Voter’s Pamphlet distribution

November 3: Ballots must be in a ballot box or with the county clerk by 8 pm


 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***

Joe Biden has a Plan for C-19

Follow the Science!


As wealthy countries reopened businesses and schools, it became clear that tens of thousands of Americans died because of Trump’s failed leadership. Joe Biden’s pandemic response plan will be guided by science, public health experts and reliable data. Biden started last week when he encouraged everyone to wear a mask while outside for the next three months. He urged every governor to mandate it. Experts calculate this simple act would save over 40,000 lives from COVID-19. 

Mask opponents assert they have the right to choose not to wear a mask. “It’s not about your rights,” Biden said. “It’s about your responsibilities as an American.”

Biden’s proposals include:

  • Ensure public health professionals – NOT POLITICIANS – make public health decisions.

  • Free the world’s leading public health agency, the US Centers for Disease Control, from political meddling.

  • Protect health care workers, first responders, assisted living staff and other frontline workers by ensuring they have supplies of Personal Protection Equipment.

  • Provide free testing, treatment and, when available, free vaccines.

  • Protect financially hard-hit workers, families and businesses.

Biden’s plan also has a proposal to revive our Trumpist ravaged economy by launching a $2 trillion GREEN ENERGY and INFRASTRUCTURE program.

Ending C-19 begins with a Biden/Harris Administration

No time to rest, no time for vacation.

This is a “fight for the soul of our nation.”


**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]. 

It is clear that Trump has failed to protect us from C-19. The US has six times more deaths and eight times more infections than other wealthy countries. I ask the Senator to:

  • Call out Trump’s failure and say “it’s time to use science.”
  • Please repeat Biden’s call for wearing a mask, which over the next three months could save 40,000 American lives. He rightly says it’s not a matter of individual freedom but a responsibility Americans have to each other.
  • And still, we need a robust USPS. The changes already put in place by the new Postmaster General need to be reversed if we are to have a fair election.
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]. 

It is clear that Trump has failed to protect us from Covid-19. The US has six times more deaths and eight times more infections than other wealthy countries. Please tell Greg Walden to put people before his corrupt party. It’s time for him to:

  • Call out Trump’s failure and say “it’s time to use science.”
  • Please repeat Biden’s call for wearing a mask, which over the next three months could save 40,000 American lives. He rightly says it’s not a matter of individual freedom but a responsibility Americans have to each other.
  • And still, we need a robust USPS. The changes already put in place by the new Postmaster General need to be reversed if we are to have a fair election.
To remain silent on this is a moral outrage. If that’s Greg’s decision, I call on him to resign his office effective immediately. 

Where’s Walden? History is watching; Greg’s legacy is at stake. 

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**

August 19, 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:
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/