Call to Action: January 16, 2019

PROTECT DEMOCRACY: PASS HR. 1

PROTECT US FROM GUN VIOLENCE: HR. 8 

#ForThePeople #EthicsFirst #EndGunViolence 


Trump’s shutdown—which McConnell and the GOP-controlled Senate refuse to end—is creating havoc, halting governmental services and causing many to suffer. By contrast, Democratic-controlled House is hard at work improving people’s lives. Legislation to save our democracy (HR.1) and protect us from gun violence (HR.8is already in committee and, hopefully, will pass the House in the next several weeks.  

H.R.1: 

  • Addresses corruption by strengthening ethics standards for all three branches 
  • Reforms campaign finance by curbing the power of corporate/wealthy political donors  
  • Protects voting rights by fighting voter suppression and making voting easier 

H.R. 8 takes the first step toward meaningful, common-sense gun control, by requiring universal background checks to protect America from gun violence. 

A Senate companion to HR.1 will soon be introduced, adding to S.20 (Presidential Tax Transparency Act) and S.26 (Vote by Mail Act), co-sponsored by Sens. Wyden and Merkley. They are also co-sponsoring the Senate’s version of HR.8 (S.42), reintroduced last week. 

Protect Our Democratic Institutions!

Make the Federal Government Work FOR US!

Combat Gun Violence!


**ACTION ONE: CALL OUR SENATORS**

SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR SENATORS MERKLEY AND WYDEN:

“My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [town/city], Oregon [zip code]. I’m calling because I’m deeply concerned by the threats to our democracy and our lives posed by governmental corruption, big money in politics, voter suppression, and the NRA.

Please thank the Senator for co-sponsoring Presidential Tax Transparency Act (S.20), Vote by Mail Act (S.26), and Background Check Expansion Act (S.42). I’m asking that he get as many co-sponsors as possible on these and any other anti-corruption legislation introduced and that he push for speedy votes in the Senate. I also want him to press Mitch McConnell to do his job by allowing votes on House-passed legislation to reopen the government with no money for a wall. Thank you. 

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/

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/


**ACTION TWO: CALL COMPLICIT GREG WALDEN**

SAMPLE SCRIPT:

“My name is [—] and I’m a constituent from [town/city], Oregon [zip code]. I’m calling because I’m deeply concerned by the threats to our democracy and our lives posed by governmental corruption, big money in politics, voter suppression, and the NRA.
I’m asking Mr. Walden to support H.R.1 (“For the People Act”), which would begin to address issues of public corruption that have been ignored for too long, and H.R.8, (“Background Check Expansion Act”) which closes the “gun show loophole.”  I’m watching for signs that Greg is actually representing me rather than his corporate donors. I want him to vote to reopen the government with no money for a wall! 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**

Visit the ORD2 Indivisible Event Calendar on a regular basis to keep updated on our local activities. Participate with us as often as you can. Check out the following:

Non-ORD2 Indivisible Sponsored Event: Wildfire Forum: Strategies for Protecting Our Community – Medford
January 17 @ 6:00 am – 8:00 pm
https://ord2indivisible.org/event/non-ord2-indivisible-sponsored-event-wildfire-forum-medford/

Non-ORD2 Indivisible Sponsored Event: Greg Walden Town Hall Meetings – Grants Pass, Medford, Klamath Falls
January 18: Grants Pass: 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.  Medford: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.   Klamath Falls @ 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Additional dates and times throughout Oregon Congressional District 2.
https://ord2indivisible.org/event/non-ord2-indivisible-sponsored-event-greg-walden-town-hall-grants-pass/
https://ord2indivisible.org/event/non-ord2-indivisible-sponsored-event-greg-walden-town-hall-medford/
https://ord2indivisible.org/event/non-ord2-indivisible-sponsored-event-greg-walden-town-hall-klamath-falls/

Women’s March Southern Oregon – Medford
January 19 @ 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
https://ord2indivisible.org/event/non-ord2-indivisible-sponsored-event-womens-march-southern-oregon-medford/

Rogue Indivisible: Grants Pass Womens Wave – Grants Pass
January 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
https://ord2indivisible.org/event/rogue-indivisible-grants-pass-womens-wave-grants-pass/

Rogue Indivisible: Women In Politics – Grants Pass
January 19 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
https://ord2indivisible.org/event/rogue-indivisible-women-in-politics-grants-pass/

Non-ORD2 Indivisible Sponsored Event: The Karen Lovely Band – Post Women’s March Celebration – Ashland
January 19 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
https://ord2indivisible.org/event/non-ord2-indivisible-sponsored-event-the-karen-lovely-band-post-womens-march-celebration-ashland/

TEACH & GREET Featuring Representative Pam Marsh – Talent
January 20 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
https://ord2indivisible.org/event/teach-greet-featuring-representative-pam-marsh-talent/

SUBMIT EVENTS TO BE ADDED TO THE ORD2 INDIVISIBLE EVENT CALENDAR
Help us keep current with our event postings. https://ord2indivisible.org/submit-your-event/


SOURCES:

House Democrats officially unveil their first bill in the majority: a sweeping anti-corruption proposal 

The House Democrats’ Colossal Election Reform Bill Could Save American Democracy 

House Democrats unveil universal background check bill on anniversary of Gabby Giffords shooting 

Senate Democrats Take up Sweeping Ethics, Voting Rights and Campaign Finance Bill in Defiance of GOP