Tuesday, August 4, 2020

ACTION: LIVES ARE AT STAKE: WE CANNOT SETTLE FOR A BAD DEAL

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LIVES ARE AT STAKE: WE CANNOT SETTLE FOR A BAD DEAL

ACTION ONE: JOIN US FOR #INDIVISIBLE TUESDAY

Join us for Indivisible Tuesday with staff from Senator Wyden and Representative Blumenauer’s offices. Pre-register for the call at https://www.facebook.com/IndivisibleOregon and you will be sent a link to it.

ACTION TWO: 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 to thank you for everything you do. I’m calling today to urge you to reject Republican racist tropes about people not wanting to work if the UI is more than 70% of minimum wage, the GOP’s cynical political games, and their demands for more money for the wealthy few at the expense of the rest of us. I urge you to insist any bill includes:

  • $600/week UI
  • eviction and foreclosure moratorium
  • funding for:
    • SNAP
    • state, local, and tribal governments
    • USPS
    • VBM
  • no liability shield for employers

A bad deal is worse than no deal at all, especially when people’s lives are at stake.

ACTION THREE: CALL YOUR HOUSE REP

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 Blumenauer, Bonamici, DeFazio, and Schrader:

I want to thank you for everything you do. I’m calling today to urge you to reject Republican racist tropes about people not wanting to work if the UI is more than 70% of minimum wage, the GOP’s cynical political games, and their demands for more money for the wealthy few at the expense of the rest of us. I urge you to insist any bill includes:

  • $600/week UI
  • eviction and foreclosure moratorium
  • funding for:
    • SNAP
    • state, local, and tribal governments
    • USPS
    • VBM
  • no liability shield for employers

A bad deal is worse than no deal at all, especially when people’s lives are at stake.

For Walden:

The pandemic has wiped out a third of our economy and killed over 150,000 Americans. I urge you to put your constituents’ lives over your party’s attempts to avoid giving a life-line to people who are truly suffering. Lives are at stake when UI is too little to live on, there’s no eviction moratorium, and employers are shielded from liability for refusing to protect those employees who even have jobs to return to. I am appalled that Trump is undermining the post office when vulnerable people will die without their medicines and take enormous risks voting in person, simply to further suppress voting that does not seem to be going his way. It is up to Republicans like you to stand up for our democracy and for your constituents.

BACKGROUND:

COVID-19 has infected over 4.5M Americans, killed over 150,000 of us, and left everyone vulnerable. Yet Trump’s GOP denies its seriousness.

The Democratic House passed a bill in May to help people and their local governments weather the financial impact of the pandemic and vote safely. The GOP Senate ignored it. Days before enhanced unemployment insurance and the rent moratorium expired, as Trump undermines USPS and VBM, they proposed an “economic stimulus” package for their wealthy donors, including a liability shield for employers that do not keep workers safe. Using racist tropes, they claim adquate UI would discourage people from working. Their UI formula is cumbersome and can’t be implemented quickly. The GOP wants to force people to choose between their health and their home, even as unemployment far exceeds available jobs, and stop us from voting.

Trump’s GOP hopes their timing will force Democrats to settle for a bad deal or accept blame for no deal. We reject their racism, cynicism, and greed. We insist that ANY deal includes:

  • $600/week UI
  • eviction/foreclosure moratorium
  • funding for:
    • SNAP
    • state, local, and tribal governments
    • USPS
    • VBM
  • no liability shield for employers

Lives are at stake.

SOURCES: 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/as-pandemic-benefits-expire-senate-republicans-and-trump-cant-get-their-act-together/2020/07/31/cf05c7c2-d354-11ea-8c55-61e7fa5e82ab_story.html

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/extra-600-expires-unemployment_n_5f2434a1c5b68fbfc8827701

https://reut.rs/31asQTZ

https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2020-07-29/congress-600-unemployment-pay

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/30/opinion/mitch-mcconnell-coronavirus-economy.html?referringSource=articleShare

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/aug/02/covid-19-coronavirus-us-economy-donald-trump-republicans?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/jul/31/millions-unemployment-americans-economic-crisis?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/08/03/ceo-letter-small-business-congress-aid/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/08/03/wheels-are-coming-off-trumps-spin-machine/

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/02/us/politics/virus-china-ppp-small-business-loans.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/government-covid-19-relief-programs-are-riddled-with-suspected-fraud-what-is-going-on-here/2020/07/31/a32873a8-d2a4-11ea-8c55-61e7fa5e82ab_story.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/02/business/kushner-deutsche-trump-rosemary-vrablic.html

USPS and Voting in a Pandemic:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/07/31/trump-just-told-us-how-mail-delays-could-help-him-corrupt-election/

https://m.npmhu.org/media/news/heroes-act-provides-relief-for-postal-employees

https://www.inquirer.com/news/philadelphia/usps-tracking-in-transit-late-mail-delivery-philadelphia-packages-postal-service-20200802.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/04/11/post-office-bailout-trump/

https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2020-07-31/election-offices-november-election-meltdown-congress-dawdles

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/31/us/politics/trump-usps-mail-delays.html?referringSource=articleShare

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/postal-service-backlog-sparks-worries-that-ballot-delivery-could-be-delayed-in-november/2020/07/30/cb19f1f4-d1d0-11ea-8d32-1ebf4e9d8e0d_story.html

Friday, July 31, 2020

ACTION: THE SUPREME COURT GAVE TRUMP DANGEROUS WINS, WE NEED TO RESTORE JUSTICE

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94 DAYS TO THE ELECTION

THE SUPREME COURT GAVE TRUMP DANGEROUS WINS, WE NEED TO RESTORE JUSTICE

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 the Supreme Court’s actions this term will be especially harmful to Blacks and immigrants. The Court left DACA vulnerable, put the lives of people of color at great risk with the death penalty decision and its inaction on qualified immunity. We can fundamentally strengthen fairness for all by passing the “John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.”

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 the Supreme Court’s actions this term will be especially harmful to Blacks and immigrants. The Court left DACA vulnerable, put the lives of people of color at great risk with the death penalty decision and its inaction on qualified immunity. We can fundamentally strengthen fairness for all by passing the “John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.”

ACTION THREE:

Oregonians are joining with activists across the country to power a landslide Democratic victory in November 2020, from the state house to the Senate to the White House.  Here’s how you can get involved
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BACKGROUND:

The Supreme Court handed liberals surprising, but narrow, wins on abortion, DACA and Trump’s assertion that he’s above the law. Blacks and immigrants fared more poorly.
It left untouched qualified immunity, which shields police from prosecution for misdeeds occurring during dangerous, split second confrontations. Black Lives Matter and others charge that it leaves victims, especially minorities, without remedy for extreme police brutality.
The Court (5-4) revived the death penalty after a 17-year moratorium. Within a week, four men were put to death. While they were all white, this ruling will most impact people of color, the largest population on death row.
On immigration the Court:
  • found Trump’s attempt to end DACA, which protects 700,000 people from deportation, “arbitrary and capricious,” he just needed a better legal justification to succeed.
  • permitted Trump to deny citizenship or green cards to immigrants using public assistance, like food stamps or Medicaid.
  • refused to condemn the Administration’s practice of quickly deporting asylum seekers following a brief hearing by ICE and requiring them to pursue their cases from Mexico.
To somewhat counterbalance this racism, Congress should immediately pass the “John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.” It would be an appropriate eulogy for the Civil Rights hero.

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