Tuesday, July 14, 2020

ACTION: NO MORE DELAYS: PASS THE HEROES ACT AS IS

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NO MORE DELAYS: PASS THE HEROES ACT AS IS

ACTION ONE: JOIN US FOR #INDIVISIBLE TUESDAY IN HILLSBORO

Join Indivisible Hillsboro for Indivisible Tuesday with Congresswoman Bonamici’s office. Register for the call here https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMlc-ipqD8pGty_Fc-5f02FacRqAhM9tzfQ and you will be sent a link to join the call.

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…
Republicans are suddenly afraid of an electoral landslide, and Meadows and Mnuchin have indicated willingness to negotiate more pandemic funding. However, Trump and his GOP senators and representatives have consistently shown themselves to be untrustworthy and to care more for scoring political points than for our well-being. I urge you to insist the Senate pass the Heroes Act as is and to be very cautious of amendments they wish to attach or a new bill that originates in the Senate.

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:
Republicans are suddenly afraid of an electoral landslide, and Meadows and Mnuchin have indicated willingness to negotiate more pandemic funding. However, Trump and his GOP senators and representatives have consistently shown themselves to be untrustworthy and to care more for scoring political points than for our well-being. I urge you to insist the Senate pass the Heroes Act as is and to be very cautious of changes they wish to make in amendments or a new bill that originates in the Senate. [For Bonamici: I also urge you to activate the Mental Health Caucus to address mental health needs during the sustained trauma of COVID-19, especially for Communities of Color who already experience sustained trauma from racism and those who cannot afford or access mental health care remotely.]
For Walden:
The Heroes Act provides assistance to individuals, states, and municipalities whose finances are ruined by the administrations refusal to lead on COVID-19. It also includes testing and ppe and protecting our vote. I urge you to refuse any substitutions or amendments the Senate may send to the House.

BACKGROUND

We are in the midst of a catastrophic failure of leadership. COVID-19, economic collapse, horrific racist attacks and police brutality, sustained trauma from the worsening pandemic, voter suppression, and a lawless, traitorous president besiege us. All of us suffer, and yet each crisis disproportionately harms Black and other Communities of Color because of centuries of racist and xenophobic policies.
No single piece of legislation can address everything. The Heroes Act provides: income support; extended enhanced unemployment insurance; rent and student loan forgiveness; funding for tests and PPE; funding for states and cities that were virtually bankrupted by Trump’s refusal to nationalize the medical supply chain and interference with medical supply purchases; vote-by-mail; and the Post Office — at half the cost of the #TrumpTaxScam benefiting Republicans and their wealthy donors. As usual, Trump’s GOP Senate refuses to consider the Heroes Act, saying there’s “no urgency.”
We must continue to advocate for the Heroes Act, Justice in Policing Act, and Voting Rights Expansion Act. We must fund mental health care, and hold Trump and his GOP accountable for failing to protect and defend us and our Constitution. And we must get out the vote to defeat them all.

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Monday, July 13, 2020

ACTION: TRUMP WANTS US TO GIVE UP. DON’T DO IT.

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TRUMP WANTS US TO GIVE UP. DON’T DO IT. 

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 see what the Republicans are doing. They are putting our children, our teachers, our families and our economy in a no-win situation. The Senate must pass all of the HEROES Act—all of the unemployment benefits, all of the state and local subsidies, all of the health care benefits. Everything in that bill is crucial to lessen the pain that will wash over the country in September.  

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 the House to investigate and hold to account this Administration. [For Blumenauer:  Ask for Trump’s taxes through the Ways and Means Committee.] Document the cruelty. Uncover the crimes. Expose the self-dealing. Children are still in cages yet Roger Stone is running free.
While seeking Trump’s tax returns, know that we are here working to dump Trump and flip the Senate in November.

ACTION THREE:

Dump Trump. Flip the Senate. And Keep Educating Yourself.
  • antiracist actions: Keep learning about racism — how is baked into our country’s design and how it works today.  Justice in Junehas 10-, 25-, and 45-minute actions you can take every day. They recommend this video.
  • GOTV actions: Indivisible Oregon is working with Swing Left and its smart Super State Strategy to defeat Trump and the GOP and transform our government.  We have adopted Arizona  where we can flip the White House, the Senate, and the state houses key to rolling back Republican gerrymandering—all at the same time.  Join us to write letters and soon to phonebank.  Action is the antidote to anxiety (and despair)! 

BACKGROUND:

The wheels are coming off our democracy.
— Trump has walked away from his job except when it benefits him or shores up his racist isolationism. In the past few weeks alone, he rescued Roger Stone probably to keep Stone quiet, pulled funding from the WHO, ordered protections for Confederate statues, and threatened to cut off funds and rescind tax exemptions of schools that don’t reopen. He does nothing to protect us from the virus.
—The Senate won’t hold Trump accountable so Congress is stymied.
—The courts are increasingly vulnerable to politics and surprise us when they rule in favor of the rule of law.
The Senate briefly returns July 20th before adjourning again for the campaign season. While in session, Congress must pass the HEROES Act intact. The economy will fall like dominoes when 33 million jobless people see their incomes plummet by at least half overnight.
All of us hope Nov. 3 will end the madness, but that won’t happen without hard work. Indivisible Oregon and Swing Left have opportunities to put your anger, sadness, and fear to work mobilizing and turning out voters. www.swingleft.org and  https://swingleft.org/group/indivisible-oregon

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