Until We Are Done Voting!
First Ballots Mailed Yesterday!
Are YOU ready? 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).
October 14-20 — Happening NOW: Voter’s ballots mailed; find your ballot box
October 21: NEXT TUESDAY: Our recommended last day to mail your ballot
November 3: Ballots must be in a ballot box or with the county clerk by 8 pm
We invite you to watch and share this YouTube video by ORD2 Indivisible co-founder, Jessica Sage:
***Today’s Call To Action***
Vote COVID Relief, not Confirmation
Instead of ramming through a far-right Supreme Court nominee who says separating children at the border is only a political issue and climate change is “contentious,” the Senate should be passing a COVID relief bill to help working people, small businesses and state and local governments.
Instead of ramming through a nominee who will vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, the Senate should be passing a COVID relief bill that funds health care for COVID victims, contact tracing, nationwide testing and PPE.
- 1.5 million state and local employees have lost their jobs, with many more to come if Congress does not provide aid;
- Small businesses are dying by the thousands;
- We can’t stop virus outbreaks because we don’t have enough contact tracing or testing.
The economy is sliding from a temporary crisis into long-term damage while the Senate Republicans block spending that is so obviously needed. They are spending precious time creating a 6-3 majority on the Supreme Court to hold onto power.
Voters are turning out in record numbers. Oregon voters will start voting as early as today. Build the Blue Wave. Push Congress to fight for us.
Vote BLUE Up & Down the Ballot!
Get Out the BLUE Vote!
**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].
Please tell the Senator that I called to say we need a relief bill and not a confirmation of a Supreme Court nominee who believes that separating children at the border is a political issue. I ask that he keep doing everything he can to pass a relief bill and stop the nomination process from completion before the election.
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].
Tell Greg Walden that we need him to stand firm for a relief bill that protects workers, state and local governments and a national plan for handling COVID. We can’t hang on much longer without irreparable damage done to the economy and working people.
Silence is complicity.
**ACTION THREE: BE AN ACTIVIST**
October 16, 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.
Letters to Voters – The Big Send – Medford
October 17 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 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 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/