Monday, May 15, 2017

ACTION: CALL TO STOP TRUMP'S VOTER SUPPRESSION PLANS

**CALL TO ACTION** 
Monday, May 15, 2017
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STOP TRUMP’S VOTER SUPPRESSION PLANS
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#VotingRights
A significant and dangerous event went largely unnoticed last week: John Thompson, the Director of the Census Bureau, resigned. http://politi.co/2qeuJ1b
This may sound banal. It’s not. 
Combined with other recent developments, this could pose the largest threat to nationwide voter access in over 40 years:
--The next US Census in 2020 will determine how voting districts are drawn and how ethnic groups are counted – and therefore determine which states gain and lose House seats during reapportionment.
--Trump’s preliminary budget will underfund the Census Bureau significantly http://theatln.tc/2ppCyBK
-- Trump is establishing a “commission on election integrity,” led by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, author of discriminatory voter ID laws http://wapo.st/2qHnrno and speaker at white nationalist events http://bit.ly/1kqg0d0
--Meanwhile, the GOP House Election Integrity Act (HR 2090) would promote voter discrimination through mandatory voter ID laws
Senator’s Wyden and Merkley are strong proponents of voting rights, cosponsoring a 2016 national vote by mail bill. Most of Oregon’s US Representatives have spoken out against voter suppression, except Rep Greg Walden, who received a shameful 13% ACLU Civil Rights rating. http://bit.ly/2pKq9Ud
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**ACTION 1: CALL BOTH US SENATORS**
SAMPLE SCRIPT: 
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon. I want to thank Senator [--] for his strong support for voting rights. This week, I would like the Senator to speak out strongly against Trump’s unnecessary and potentially harmful new election commission. I would also like him to block any budget that does not call for sufficient increases to fund the Census Bureau; to work to assure a speedy non- partisan replacement for Census Bureau Chief John Thompson; and to reintroduce his national vote by mail bill to the Senate.
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**ACTION 2: CALL YOUR US REPRESENTATIVE *
SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR ALL EXCEPT WALDEN:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon. I appreciate Representative [--]’s strong support for voting rights. This week, I would like the [her/him] to: speak out strongly against Trump’s unnecessary and potentially harmful new election commission; block any budget that does not call for sufficient funding for the Census Bureau; vote no on the house voter suppression bill HR 2090; and co-sponsor or the Universal Vote by Mail Bill. HR 946.
SAMPLE SCRIPT FOR WALDEN:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon. I am appalled at Greg Walden’s consistently low rating on civil rights issues. This week, he has the chance to show his constituents that he cares about people’s right to vote no matter what their income or ethnicity. To do this, he should speak out strongly against Trump’s new unnecessary and potentially harmful election commission. I would also like him to block any budget that fails to adequately fund the Census Bureau, to vote no on HR 2090 (a GOP bill that would promote voter suppression), and support the HR 946 Universal Vote by Mail Bill.”
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**ACTION 3**
Fight voter suppression and follow/donate to Let America Vote https://www.letamericavote.org/
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**PHONE NUMBERS** 
SENATOR MERKLEY
Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: (202) 224-3753
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750 
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298 
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129 
SENATOR WYDEN
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244 
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229 
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142 
CONGRESSWOMAN SUZANNE BONAMICI [D1]
DC: (202) 225-0855, OR: (503) 469-6010 
CONGRESSMAN GREG WALDEN [D2]
DC (202) 225-6730, Medford: (541) 776-4646,
Bend (541) 389-4408, La Grande (541) 624-2400 
CONGRESSMAN EARL BLUMENAUER [D3]
DC: (202) 225-4811, OR: (503) 231-2300 
CONGRESSMAN PETER DEFAZIO [D4]
DC 202-225-6416, Eugene: (541) 465-6732, 
Roseburg: (541) 440-3523, Coos Bay (541) 269-2609 
CONGRESSMAN KURT SCHRADER [D5]
DC: (202) 225-5711, Salem (503) 588-9100, 
Oregon City (503) 557-1324 
** After you call, please comment below and briefly share your experience!** 

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