Friday, October 23, 2020

Action: To Make The Senate Work, We Must Dump Both The GOP And The Filibuster

 

TO MAKE THE SENATE WORK, WE MUST DUMP BOTH THE GOP AND THE FILIBUSTER 

caely.barrett@gmail.com

Background

McConnell’s rules work for GOP and its donors but not for American people. He’s pushed through massive tax cuts for the rich and ultra-conservative judges, which require only majority votes, while COVID relief and help for American people requires filibuster-proof, 60-vote majority to reach Senate floor—although only majority needed for passage.  

 Electing Biden, flipping the Senate, and holding the House gives us chance to enact major structural democracy and economic reforms to ensure government works for all Americans. But they won’t become law unless Senate first removes from McConnell’s arsenal last remnants of the inherently undemocratic filibuster that allows minority in power to thwart will of majority. 

 Constitution’s framers required Senate supermajority vote for overriding presidential vetoes, impeachment, treaties, constitutional amendments—but not to legislate. For almost 200 years, in practice, Senate was governed by simple majority rule. Until McConnell weaponized filibuster to block Obama’s agenda, it was used mostly against civil rights legislation. Removing it through a simple rule change will reestablish Senate’s proper function—legislating.  

 We need to educate ourselves on filibuster’s evils to build momentum for change, work to get out the vote, and join Senator Merkley’s crusade to return the Senate to a functioning institution. 

1. Call the Senate.

Script Oregon Senators

Script for Republican Senators

2. Call the House.

Script for Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01)

Script for Greg Walden (OR-02)

Script for Earl Blumenauer (OR-03)

Script for Peter DeFazio (OR-04)

Script for Kurt Schrader (OR-05)

3. Save Our Democracy.

Only 11 days before November 3! Get involved with Indivisible Oregon:

  • Elections Power Hour weekly strategy call Mondays at 5pm

  • Lots of phonebanks and trainings to Arizona and Georgia (our adopted states) led by Indivisible Oregon or recommended by us

  • Call eligible voters of color with Reclaim Our Vote.  Sundays 3-5pm

  • Already received training and ready to make calls on your own? Want some community and camaraderie? Find a phonebank lounge on the IO events page!

Sources:

The definitive case for ending the filibuster (This great source and should be read by all) 

The Impact of the Filibuster on Federal Policymaking (another good source) 

 How to Talk to Skeptical Senators About Ending the Filibuster (another good source) 

 Ending the filibuster is about to be more important than ever 

 Democratic insiders set up a ‘war room’ to quickly kill the filibuster 

 Filibuster reform gains steam with Democrats 

 Can We Just Get Rid of the Filibuster Already? 

 Will Joe Biden Get Rid of the Senate Filibuster? 

 Obama’s Call to Abolish Filibuster Puts Further Spotlight on the Tactic 


Thursday, October 22, 2020

Action: We Deserve A President Who Cares For All Of Us

 

WE DESERVE A PRESIDENT WHO CARES FOR ALL OF US   

caely.barrett@gmail.com

Background

When someone shows you who they are, believe them.   

  

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris show they care for all of us.  Joe and Kamala 

  • Will improve our healthcare 

  • Believe in science 

  • Will reduce student load debt 

  • Have a plan to tackle COVID 

  • Have an economic recovery plan that includes green jobs 

  

Trump and his GOP only care about themselves and their rich donors.  Trump and his GOP 

  • Kidnap children from their parents – whose only “crime” is moving for a better life 

  • Take funding away from newborns and COVID patients in blue cities   

  • Install illegitimate Supreme Court justices to take away our healthcare, voting rights, abortion rights 

  • Refuse to pass COVID relief, letting the virus run rampant, putting all of us at risk 

  

We deserve a President who cares for all of us – no matter our skin color, zip code, or bank balance.  

Call Congress and Get Out The Vote for that future NOW. 

1. Call the Senate.

Script Oregon Senators

Script for Republican Senators

2. Call the House.

Script for Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01)

Script for Greg Walden (OR-02)

Script for Earl Blumenauer (OR-03)

Script for Peter DeFazio (OR-04)

Script for Kurt Schrader (OR-05)

3. Save Our Democracy.

Only 13 days before November 3! Get involved with Indivisible Oregon:

  • Elections Power Hour weekly strategy call Mondays at 5pm

  • Lots of phonebanks and trainings to Arizona and Georgia (our adopted states) led by Indivisible Oregon or recommended by us

  • Call eligible voters of color with Reclaim Our Vote.  Sundays 3-5pm

  • Already received training and ready to make calls on your own? Want some community and camaraderie? Find a phonebank lounge on the IO events page!

Sources:

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s plans: https://joebiden.com/ 

Can’t find kidnapped children’s parents: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/skbaer/lawyers-cant-find-immigrant-children-parents 

Trump looks to cut funds for COVID and newborns: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/10/20/white-house-cuts-city-funds-coronavirus-430498 

Trump’s Supreme Court nominee threatens our freedoms: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/21/opinion/supreme-court-amy-coney-barrett.html 

McConnell warns against passing COVID relief before Election Day: https://www.washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2020/10/20/trump-economic-stimulus-pelosi/ 


Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Action: We Can Have Leadership That Protects Voting Rights

 

WE CAN HAVE LEADERSHIP THAT PROTECTS VOTING RIGHTS

caely.barrett@gmail.com

Background

It’s vital to our democracy that every vote is counted.  Not only for this election but also for every election in the future.  

When Joe Biden is inaugurated on January 20th, he and a new Democratic majority Senate can start working to ensure the integrity of our elections and to restore our system of checks and balances.   

We can have:

  • Leadership that will no longer find time only to stack federal courts with right-wing disciples.  

  • Leadership that will do their jobs and pass legislation for the benefit of every American, not just corporations and the wealthy.

  • Legislation that provides real pandemic relief.  That protects and expands voting rights, fights governmental corruption, and increases campaign-finance transparency. That makes sure every eligible voter can cast their ballot safely.  

For this to happen, we have to work for it now.  We have to vote, and work to get out the vote.  Right now.  

A GOP installed Justice Barrett would have swung a 4-4 SCOTUS vote which just prevented a Republican attempt to upend Pennsylvania’s right to count absentee ballots mailed on time but arriving late.  

Call Congress today. 

Demand no SCOTUS confirmation until after the inauguration.

Demand that every vote gets counted.

1. Call the Senate.

Script Oregon Senators

Script for Republican Senators

2. Call the House.

Script for Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01)

Script for Greg Walden (OR-02)

Script for Peter DeFazio (OR-04)

Script for Kurt Schrader (OR-05)

3. Save Our Democracy.

Only 14 days before November 3! Get involved with Indivisible Oregon:

  • Elections Power Hour weekly strategy call Mondays at 5pm

  • Lots of phonebanks and trainings to Arizona and Georgia (our adopted states) led by Indivisible Oregon or recommended by us

  • Call eligible voters of color with Reclaim Our Vote.  Sundays 3-5pm

  • Already received training and ready to make calls on your own? Want some community and camaraderie? Find a phonebank lounge on the IO events page!

Sources:

Small Businesses Are Dying by the Thousands — And No One Is Tracking the Carnage

 Small-Business Failures Loom as Federal Aid Dries Up

State and local governments have lost 1.5 million jobs since February: Federal aid to states and localities is necessary for a strong economic recovery

Prospects diminish for Covid deal ahead of election

The Latest: Barrett won't say if family separation is wrong

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Action: Democrats Care, Democrats Act

 

DEMOCRATS CARE, DEMOCRATS ACT

caely.barrett@gmail.com

Background

Everyone deserves to exercise their right to vote, and everyone deserves to have their vote counted -- without interference or intimidation. 

Democrats work for their constituents and support free and fair elections. More people have voted for Democrats in every recent election. Yet gerrymandering and myriad other forms of voter suppression have overridden our will, resulting in GOP minority rule. 

Trump and his GOP have failed us as leaders. They are losing this election, and they are desperate. Trump broadcasts his intention to disrupt our election. His GOP breaks Senate rules to pack SCOTUS with yet another unqualified Trump appointee who'll they hope will hand them the election, cement their minority rule, and ensure their interests usurp our rights.

We outnumber them. If we join together, we can overwhelm Trump and his GOP enablers with our votes and resist their attempts to undermine our will and our democracy. To do this, we must:

  • Work tirelessly to get out the vote.

  • Demand there be no SCOTUS confirmation until after the inauguration.

  • Insist all Members of Congress state publicly that election season ends only when we have all voted and our votes have been counted.

We will vote. We will resist. We will be heard.

How you can help:

  1. Join Indivisible for Indivisible Tuesday with Senator Wyden's and Rep. Blumenauer’s offices.

    Pre-register for the call here. https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcudOygqTksEtJIfv2szpVHnC4l1pu6Kmli you will be sent a link to join the call.

2. Call the Senate.

Script for Sen. Merkley

Script for Sen. Wyden

Script for Republican Senators

3. Call the House.

Script for Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01)

Script for Greg Walden (OR-02)

Script for Earl Blumenauer (OR-03)

Script for Peter DeFazio (OR-04)

Script for Kurt Schrader (OR-05)

4. Get 2020 Ready.

Only 14 days till the last voting day, Nov. 3. Phone bank with Indivisible Oregon to turn out the vote. Everyone counts. Every vote counts.

Sources

When it comes to suppression of Black votes, it’s the 19th century all over again https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/when-it-comes-to-suppression-of-black-votes-its-the-19th-century-all-over-again/2020/10/16/68e22f1e-0f07-11eb-8a35-237ef1eb2ef7_story.html

Amid fears of Election Day chaos, one county prepares for anxious days after the vote https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/amid-fears-of-election-day-chaos-one-county-prepares-for-anxious-days-after-the-vote/2020/10/17/c2c9e928-0a60-11eb-a166-dc429b380d10_story.html

White House opposes expanded coronavirus testing, complicating stimulus talks https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/16/business/white-house-coronavirus-testing.html

Pelosi sets Tuesday deadline for reaching stimulus deal with White House https://www.washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2020/10/18/pelosi-stimulus-economy-trump/

Georgia at a tipping point - The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/16/us/politics/georgia-polls-trump-biden.html

Voter confusion rattles election officials in Pennsylvania near Monday’s deadline to register https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/voter-confusion-rattles-election-officials-in-pennsylvania-near-mondays-deadline-to-register/2020/10/19/87f9ab9c-0ff8-11eb-b1e8-16b59b92b36d_story.html

The latest outbreak of GOP panic about Trump contains a key tell https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/10/19/latest-outbreak-gop-panic-about-trump-contains-key-tell/

A 2009 Supreme Court ruling may require Barrett to recuse herself from 2020 election cases https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/10/17/amy-coney-barrett-recuse-2020-election-cases-caperton-v-massey-coal-co/

Trump files emergency request with Supreme Court to stop release of his tax returns - CBS News https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-tax-returns-supreme-court-emergency-request/

Monday, October 19, 2020

Action: Trump Ignores His COVID Calamity To Protect His Presidency

 

TRUMP IGNORES HIS COVID CALAMITY TO PROTECT HIS PRESIDENCY

caely.barrett@gmail.com

Background

With the third wave of infections exploding, why would Trump and Republicans divert their energies to one person when: 

  • Covid pushed 8 million Americans into poverty since May and 22 million working poor are close.

  • 6 million missed their September rent or mortgage payment.

  • 29.5% of households with kids suffer food insecurity, unprecedented in modern times.

  • Covid job losses and early withdrawals mean half of Americans over 55 may retire poor.

  • Harvard economists warn Covid “is the greatest threat to prosperity since 1929.”

But priorities expose values. And the highest value for Trump and Senate Republicans now is packing the Supreme Court with extreme conservatives.

SCOTUS nominee Amy Coney Barrett skated through Senate hearings last week with well-practiced evasions. 

Dem. Sen. Dick Durban said in frustration: “What was the point of these hearings if we really don’t know what she thinks about any issue?”

Well, the point is that Trump and Republicans believe she will:

  • Gut Obamacare.

  • Oppose gay rights.

  • Tacitly support voter suppression.

  • Limit or ban abortions.

  • And, BONUS, be the vote allowing Trump to remain president.

Confirmation could come Friday.

Biden is focused on stopping Covid and reducing poverty rates. Those are his priority.

Cut the politics and help Americans.

1. Call the Senate.

Script Oregon Senators

Script for Republican Senators

2. Call the House.

Script for Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01)

Script for Greg Walden (OR-02)

Script for Peter DeFazio (OR-04)

Script for Kurt Schrader (OR-05)

3. Save Our Democracy.