Monday, February 24, 2020

Action: To Beat Trump Demand Election Security

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TO BEAT TRUMP, DEMAND ELECTION SECURITY

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…
 We need to have confidence in the outcomes of the 2020 elections. Republicans won’t do anything so you must. Please use every public opportunity you have (or can create) to (1) warn of the rising threat and (2) highlight the Senate GOP’s blockage of this issue. Of course, we need to beat Trump, but the most important outcome of the 2020 elections is that we have confidence it was a fair election.

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…
We need to have confidence in the outcomes of the 2020 elections. Republicans won’t do anything so you must. Please use every public opportunity you have (or can create) to (1) warn of the rising threat and (2) highlight the Senate GOP’s blockage of this issue. Of course, we need to beat Trump, but the most important outcome of the 2020 elections is that we have confidence it was a fair election. 

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:

The 2020 elections will be a tipping point for America. And Russia has already launched its stealth campaign to attack our elections with propaganda to sway voter choice and hacking ballot counting machines. 
 Senator Ron Wyden, who sits on the Senate’s Intelligence Committee, says: “(W)hat we will see in terms of foreign interference in 2020 is going to make 2016 look like small potatoes.” 
 According to intelligence reports, Putin is backing Trump and Bernie Sanders. 
 With Putin and Mitch McConnell’s help, Trump really could win reelection and become America’s first President above all laws and beyond any election. 
 Wyden’s bill and others – to strengthen not just election security, and something more vital, confidence in our elections – are blocked by McConnell and his Republicans. 
 “Republicans,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer, “. . . would rather let Putin win than stand up to President Trump. 
 Trump already leads the military, and he has captured or disrupted the justice system, Congress, the free press, and now he is purging the intelligence community. 
 “Americans should be . . . deeply afraid for the future of our nation,” retired Admiral William McRaven, wrote about Trump last week.  
 Demand election security now! 

SOURCES: 

CNN, FEB. 19, 2020: “RUSSIA IS LOOKING TO HELP TRUMP WIN IN 2020, ELECTION SECURITY OFFICIAL TOLD LAWMAKERS”  HTTPS://WWW.CNN.COM/2020/02/20/POLITICS/TRUMP-RUSSIA-INTELLIGENCE-2020/INDEX.HTML  
 NY TIMES, FEB. 22, 2020: “SAME GOAL, DIFFERENT PLAYBOOK: WHY RUSSIA WOULD SUPPORT TRUMP AND SANDERS”  HTTPS://WWW.NYTIMES.COM/2020/02/22/US/POLITICS/RUSSIA-ELECTION-MEDDLING-TRUMP-SANDERS.HTML  
 CNN, FEB. 19, 2020: “AMERICA’S RUSSIA NIGHTMARE IS BACK”   HTTPS://WWW.CNN.COM/2020/02/21/POLITICS/DONALD-TRUMP-RUSSIA-2020-ELECTION/INDEX.HTML          
 VOX, FEB. 5, 2019: “A MAJOR DEMOCRACY WATCHDOG JUST PUBLISHED A SCATHING REPORT ON TRUMP”  HTTPS://WWW.VOX.COM/POLICY-AND-POLITICS/2019/2/5/18211968/FREEDOM-HOUSE-REPORT-TRUMP   
 FAST COMPANY, FEB. 19, 2020” “SENATOR RON WYDEN: THE GOP IS ‘MAKING A MOCKERY’ OF ELECTION SECURITY”  HTTPS://WWW.FASTCOMPANY.COM/90465001/SENATOR-RON-WYDEN-THE-GOP-IS-MAKING-A-MOCKERY-OF-ELECTION-SECURITY    
 [THIS IS A RUSSIAN NEWS OUTLET] SPUTNIK, FEB. 21, 2020: “TRUMP RIGHT TO PURGE INTEL”  HTTPS://SPUTNIKNEWS.COM/COLUMNISTS/202002211078372479-TRUMP-RIGHT-TO-PURGE-INTEL/    
 POLITICO MAGAZINE, OCT. 21, 2019: “WHAT IF TRUMP WINS?” HTTPS://WWW.POLITICO.COM/MAGAZINE/STORY/2019/10/21/WHAT-IF-TRUMP-WINS-2020-229835    
 FREEDOM HOUSE, 2019: “FREEDOM IN THE WORLD/UNITED STATES”  HTTPS://FREEDOMHOUSE.ORG/REPORT/FREEDOM-WORLD/2019/UNITED-STATES   

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Action: Our Tax Dollars Must Not Be Used to Terrorize Immigrants

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OUR TAX DOLLARS MUST NOT BE USED TO TERRORIZE IMMIGRANTS 

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…
Unleashing heavily militarized Border Patrol units in Sanctuary Cities and the secrecy provided by calling CBP a “Security Agency” greatly increases the danger to immigrant communities.  I am calling to ask the Senator keep opposing the racist, abusive, and dangerous actions of ICE and CBP with my tax dollars.  He must  vote no on any budget or continuing resolution that funds ICE and CBP until there is true transparency and oversight of both agencies. 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…
Unleashing heavily militarized Border Patrol units in Sanctuary Cities and the secrecy provided by calling CBP a “Security Agency” greatly increases the danger to immigrant communities.  I am calling to ask the Representative to refuse to support the racist, abusive, and dangerous actions of ICE and CBP with my tax dollars.  He/She must voteno on any budget or continuing resolution that funds ICE and CBP until there is true transparency and oversight of both agencies. Thank you. 

ACTION THREE: TAKE ACTION IN 2020

PLAN TO CALL CONGRESS WITH INDIVISIBLE OREGON ON A WEEKLY BASIS.  SET GOALS FOR YOUR ELECTION WORK IN 2020.   SWING LEFT HOLDS REGULAR LETTER WRITING PARTIES. YOU CAN SIGN UP AT: TAKE ACTION NOW.  IF YOU ARE IN THE PORTLAND AREA, JOIN INDIVISIBLE OREGON LETTER WRITING PARTIES WITH SWING LEFT/VOTE FORWARD . YOU CAN ALSO CONTRIBUTE TO SWING LEFT FUNDRAISER. WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. 

BACKGROUND:

(Background — Throwback Thursdays actions attempt to shift the focus from the Trump outrage of the moment and remind us that the brutality imposed by his policies is ongoing daily.) 
Trump’s 2021 budget proposes massive cuts to safety net programs.  Meanwhile, he would significantly increase the budgets to expand and militarize ICE and CBP. 
What will these billions of dollars provide for our communities?  Not greater security.  CBP tactical units trained to combat drug traffickers and cartels at the border are now being redeployed to Sanctuary Cities by Trump.  It’s an act of terror to carry out routine immigration arrests in metropolitan communities as SWAT operations. 
Under this administration, CBP has been given ever greater power to terrorize immigrants and their communities.  And now, Trump has given them a “Security Agency” designation which allows them to operate in greatly increased secrecy.   An organization already free to harass people of color, cage children, and destroy families needsmore transparency, not less. 
Our MOC’s must not support racist, abusive and dangerous policies with our tax dollars.  Tell them to vote no on any budget or continuing resolution that funds ICE and CBP until there is true transparency and oversight of both agencies. 

SOURCES: