Thursday, August 22, 2019

Action: Trump Daily Tramples On Constitution

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TRUMP DAILY TRAMPLES ON CONSTITUTION

ACTION ONE: CALL YOUR SENATORS

SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR WYDEN AND MERKLEY:

My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because…
Trump’s relentless assault on the Constitution and our republic must cease. Towards that end, my Senator must:  
  • Denounce Trump’s misuse of his bully pulpit to demean his political opponents 
  • Denounce Trump’s revival of his “Pocahontas” label for Elizabeth Warren  
  • Denounce Trump’s racist, sexist, Islamophobic attacks on members of a co-equal branch of government and his lies that they are anti-Semitic and anti-Israel 
  • Denounce Trump’s use of influence with a foreign leader to bar House members from a fact-finding mission to a recipient of foreign aid 
  • Denounce Trump’s refusal to label the “Proud Boys” as the violent, white nationalist group they are 
  • Continue to call for immediate televised impeachment hearings in the House.   

ACTION TWO: CALL YOUR HOUSE REPS

Not sure who your U.S. Representative is? Find out here. 

SAMPLE SCRIPTS FOR REPRESENTATIVES:

My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because…
Trump’s relentless assault on the Constitution and our republic must cease. Towards that end, my Representative must:  
  • Denounce Trump’s misuse of his bully pulpit to demean his political opponents 
  • Denounce Trump’s revival of his “Pocahontas” label for Elizabeth Warren  
  • Denounce Trump’s racist, sexist, Islamophobic attacks on members of a co-equal branch of government and his lies that they are anti-Semitic and anti-Israel 
  • Denounce Trump’s use of influence with a foreign leader to bar House members from a fact-finding mission to a recipient of foreign aid 
  • Denounce Trump’s refusal to label the “Proud Boys” as the violent, white nationalist group they are 
  • Push for immediate televised impeachment hearings in the House. 

ACTION THREE: HELP REGISTER VOTERS

INDIVISIBLE OREGON IS ORGANIZING LETTER-WRITING PARTIES USING SWING LEFT TOOLS TO CONTACT VOTERS WHOSE VOTER REGISTRATION DATA MAY NEED UPDATING. 
FIND A LETTER WRITING PARTY NEAR YOU OR ORGANIZE ONE YOURSELF:HTTPS://SWINGLEFT.ORG/EVENTS

BACKGROUND:

Trump’s disgraceful use of his office to pursue personal vendettas—an unprecedented abuse of power against political rivals that Congress must investigate—was on display in recent attacks against Elizabeth Warren and Representatives Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar and his response to the “Proud Boys” rally in Portland. 
At an official visit to a Pennsylvania petrochemical plant, Trump revived his pejorative “Pocahontas” nickname for Elizabeth Warren—demeaning the office of the presidency and exposing Trump’s racism and white nationalism.  
When Representatives Tlaib and Omar sought to visit Israel, Trump successfully pressured Netanyahu to block their visit, falsely claiming they hate Israel and are anti-Semitic—continuing his racist, sexist, Islamophobic vendetta against members of a co-equal branch of government, exporting partisan battles and demonstrating lengths to which he’ll go to target domestic opponents. 
Proud Boys,” an extremist group with ties to white nationalism, came to Portland looking for a fight. Instead of calling this hate group a terrorist organization, Trump threatened, to apply that label to the anti-fascist groups counter-protesting it.  
We cannot allow this continued assault on our democracy. Unless its preservation is our highest priority, the republic’s already lost. Congress must pursue a serious, transparent impeachment inquiry now. 

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Action: Protect Us From Gun Violence Now

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PROTECT US FROM GUN VIOLENCE NOW

ACTION ONE: CALL YOUR SENATORS

SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR WYDEN AND MERKLEY:

My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because…
I want the Senator to know how much I want to be protected from gun violence.  [Personal story? Tell it here.] I want the Senate to enact the House-passed background checks without watering them down. But also, I want Congress to:  
  • Ban assault rifles, military-style weapons, and high capacity magazines.  
  • Institute a strong Red Flag law to keep guns from anyone planning to harm themselves or others. 
  • Fund research and intervention projects. 
  • End gun trafficking across state lines. 
  • Modernize the ATF* 
 Thank you.  
 *Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives 

ACTION TWO: CALL YOUR HOUSE REPS

Not sure who your U.S. Representative is? Find out here. 

SAMPLE SCRIPTS FOR REPRESENTATIVES:

My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because…
I want [Rep] to know how much I want to be protected from gun violence.  [Personal story? Tell it here.] I am grateful that the House passed background checks. Now we need the House to:  
  • Ban assault rifles, military-style weapons, and high capacity magazines.  
  • Institute a strong Red Flag law to keep guns from anyone planning to harm themselves or others. 
  • Fund research and intervention projects. 
  • End gun trafficking across state lines. 
  • Modernize the ATF* 
 Thank you.  
 *Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives 

ACTION THREE: HELP REGISTER VOTERS

WE ARE ORGANIZING LETTER-WRITING PARTIES USING SWING LEFT TOOLS TO CONTACT VOTERS WHOSE VOTER REGISTRATION DATA MAY NEED UPDATING. FIND A LETTER WRITING PARTY NEAR YOU OR ORGANIZE ONE YOURSELF AT SWINGLEFT.ORG/EVENTS. 
PORTLANDERS, JOIN A PARTY ON THE FOURTH TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH AND ONE SATURDAY. UPCOMING: AUG 27TH, 11AM AND SEPT 24TH, 11AM. 

BACKGROUND:

Authorities have stopped four more mass shootings since the El Paso and Dayton attacks.  All were planned by solitary young white men, three with affiliations to white supremacist groups. A fifth mass shooting, in Gilroy CA, is being investigated by the FBI as a domestic terror incident. 
Though pressure is mounting for Congress to #DoSomething; don’t assume success. Resistance in the Senate is also strong.   
We believe that now is the time to tell our MoCs that we really want, and not to accept a few crumbs without a fight.  
 Simply put, we want laws that respect and protect life, that limit the flow of dangerous weapons through our communities, and that treat gun violence as a full-blown public health crisis: 

  • Ban assault rifles, military-style weapons, and high capacity magazines.  
  • Require background checks on all gun sales. 
  • Institute a strong Red Flag law to keep guns from anyone planning to harm themselves or others. 
  • Fund research and intervention projects. 
  • End gun trafficking across state lines. 
  • Modernize the ATF. 

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