Monday, November 18, 2019

ACTION: IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES MOUNTING

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IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES MOUNTING

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 think Trump’s smearing of Maria Yovanovitch on Twitter during her testimony is an abuse of power, witness intimidation, and an impeachable offense. Please  keep pointing out Trump’s impeachable offenses. We need his strong voice to counteract the Republican’s attempts to cast doubt. Thank you. 

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…
For all Representatives except Walden 
 I think Trump’s smearing of Maria Yovanovitch on Twitter as she was testifying about being smeared is an abuse of power, witness intimidation, and an impeachable offense. Please keep pointing out Trump’s impeachable offenses. We need his/her strong voice to counteract the Republican’s attempts to cast doubt. Thank you. 
 For Walden:  
I think Trump’s smearing of Maria Yovanovitch on Twitter during her testimony is an abuse of power, witness intimidation, and an impeachable offense. Your silence makes you complicit in defending him. Furthermore, Republican attempts to cast doubt are increasingly weak and clearly self-serving.  We need Rep. Walden to stand up for country over party. Thank you. 

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:

As the Democrat’s attorney on the impeachment committee walked Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch through her experience being smeared by the President, Trump doubled down and smeared her again, this time on Twitter as she was testifying.  
This is a case of pictures being worth more than a thousand words. Here are clips of key moments when Yovanovitch described – and was subjected to – Trump’s smears.  
 Adam Schiff reading parts of Trump’s live-time tweet sent while Yovanovitch was testifying. As he said, “some of us take witness intimidation seriously.” 
 Amb. Yovanovitch describing how she felt after reading the summary of Trump’s explosive conversation with Ukrainian President Zelensky. 
 Yovanovitch’s record of service is unassailable. Her testimony was so damaging that the Republicans struggled to put a glove on her.  
 President Trump told Zelensky, “The woman is bad news.”  He may be right. Just not the kind of bad news that he meant.  

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Friday, November 15, 2019

ACTION: CONGRESS SAVE OUR DEMOCRACY AND OUR LIVES

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CONGRESS SAVE OUR DEMOCRACY AND OUR LIVES 

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 am very worried for our country.  As the President commits impeachable offenses, people are dying from gun violence.  Thank you for supporting HR 8 (background check bill). Please keep the pressure up for McConnell and the GOP to put this up for a vote.  

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…
For all but Walden: I am very worried for our country.  As the President commits impeachable offenses, people are dying from gun violence.  Thank you for supporting the impeachment process and helping to pass HR 8 (background check bill).  While you work to impeach and remove Trump please pressure McConnell and the GOP to put this up HR 8 up for a vote.  
For WaldenI am very worried for our country.  As the President commits impeachable offenses, people are dying from gun violence.  I am disappointed you voted against the impeachment inquiry and HR 8 (background check bill).  Please put country over party, and work to impeach and remove Trump and pressure McConnell and the GOP to put HR 8 up for a vote.

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:

This week we saw the best and worst Congress has to offer.  
The House Intelligence Committee, led by Representative Adam Schiff, held public impeachment hearings that heard testimony, from Ambassador Bill Taylor and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent, that clearly outlined Trump’s impeachable conduct of bribery and extortion.  The Democratic-led House of Representatives did and will keep doing their job to save our democracy with more impeachment hearings today and next week.    
Yesterday, as a mass shooting took the lives of children, Senator Chris Murphy’s call to act on the background check bill passed by the Democratic-led House in February was blocked by Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith.  Mitch McConnell and his GOP colleagues bow to the will of the NRA while our loved ones are dying needless deaths.  
Oregon’s Democratic Members of Congress are working hard to save our democracy and save lives with gun violence prevention legislation.  We must keep calling and showing our support for their work. Together we shall overcome. 

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