47 Days until the Senate Runoff Election in Georgia!
(Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossof)
See Action Three below for ways to HELP these two guys!
***Today’s Call To Action***
Demand House and Senate Rules Serve THE PEOPLE!
We believe that access to healthcare, housing and food are basic human rights — rights that are at risk because Trump failed to protect them as the pandemic unfolded. President-Elect Biden has plans to help us. Some can be implemented through executive orders. Others require Congressional legislation. How the House and Senate operate is controlled by their own rules. We demand that these rules serve The People, not lobbyists and corporate interests.
Rules that need reform include:
- Motion to recommit (in the House) – this gives the minority a chance to attach poison pill amendments to legislation at the last minute.
- Pay go (in the House) – this budget rule blocks spending unless it’s paid for. We will never get out of this pandemic and help the economy without spending money first.
- Filibuster (in the Senate) – allows minority rule to block legislation, and has been weaponized by Grim Reaper McConnell. No filibuster for anything he wants to pass; no problem with filibustering bills sponsored by Democrats.
These rules are being negotiated NOW. Call Congress today – demand that the new rules work for The People.
End GOP Minority Rule!
Demand House and Senate Rules for THE PEOPLE!
**ACTION ONE: CALL OUR U.S. SENATORS**
SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR SENATOR MERKLEY AND WYDEN:
“My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code].
I believe that access to healthcare, housing and food are basic human rights — rights that are at risk because Trump failed to protect them as the pandemic unfolded. To pass any meaningful legislation, to move this country forward, we must get rid of the filibuster and stop allowing one Senator to put a hold on legislation. Please ask the Senator to work with his colleagues to reform Senate rules so they work for the people.
For Senator Wyden: I am asking the Senator to demand that his Republican colleagues find the courage to stand up to publicly attest to the fairness of the election and acknowledge Joe Biden as President-elect. They must protect the peaceful transition of power. Every member of Congress must insist that Trump order GSA head Emily Murphy to write the letter authorizing President-elect Biden to begin the official transition.
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].
There isn’t much left to say; Greg Walden has clearly betrayed his oath of office, mistaking his political party for the America of We The People. He should be ashamed for allowing Trump to ransack our government institutions.
This is a betrayal of the highest order; history will not be kind.
**ACTION THREE: BE AN ACTIVIST**
2. Post Cards to Swing States: https://postcardstoswingstates.com/
3. Reclaim Our Vote: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1k5pKB6cDRu9Q64nHgE5zUgrZrYvoigOrZddS1zEXBqA/edit
November 20, 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.
**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/
GA SENATE CAMPAIGNS: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/georgiasenate
RECLAIM OUR VOTE: https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/reclaim-our-vote-preparing-for-2020-fundraising-campaign/
RAPHAEL WARNOCK CAMPAIGN: https://warnockforgeorgia.com/
JON OSSOFF CAMPAIGN: https://electjon.com/
FAIR FIGHT GEORGIA SENATE https://GASenate.com
The definitive case for ending the filibuster
House Rules that need Changing
Ending the Filibuster