Wednesday, January 24, 2018

ACTION: STICK UP FOR OUR VALUES

From Indivisible Oregon..

**CALL TO ACTION**
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
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STICK UP FOR OUR VALUES AND STAND FIRM FOR DREAMERS
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#ProtectDreamers
#FundCommunityHealthCenters
#FundDisasterRelief
#NoToRacism

The Trump Shutdown is over … until February 8, when the latest continuing resolution (CR) expires. The bill that passed Monday did finally include six years of CHIP funding. But it failed to address critical issues dating back to last September, even though there is bipartisan support for legislation:

• Dreamers were not protected from deportation, which could begin on March 5
• Community Health Center funding was not included
• Disaster relief funding was not included, despite Puerto Ricans experiencing the longest mass blackout in US history

The CR also contains a postponement of healthcare taxes, which will add an additional $31 billion to the deficit and further weaken the ACA. And the GOP’s inability to govern effectively and get a budget passed has hamstrung our military, which cannot effectively plan based on continuing resolutions. Jesse Lehrich of Organizing for Action said, “This stopgap measure is … a band-aid for a self-inflicted wound that remains untreated.”

Oregon’s US Congressional delegation (except Walden) stood firm against the CR and Trump’s naked racism, revealed in his negotiations last week. We stand firmly behind them. Tell them: the next spending bill must include protection for Dreamers, funding for community health centers, and adequate disaster relief.

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**ACTION 1: CALL YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS **
(Leave a message if you can’t get through.)

SAMPLE SCRIPT [for all Members of Congress except Walden]:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am dismayed that Congress passed a spending bill that does not contain protection for Dreamers, funding for community health centers, or funding for victims of the longest mass blackout in US history as well as other disaster victims. Thank you for opposing this legislation. Please pledge that you will continue to oppose all spending bills that do not include these provisions and that you will do everything in your power to ensure that they are enacted. Thank you.”

SAMPLE SCRIPT [for Rep. Walden]:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am dismayed that you voted in favor of the spending bill that does not contain protection for Dreamers, funding for community health centers, or funding for victims of the longest mass blackout in US history as well as other disaster victims. Your support for this legislation broke bipartisan promises to address these issues. In particular, we ask that you stop supporting an immigration policy based on racist beliefs and that you support funding for community health centers and disaster victims. Thank you.”

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**ACTION 2: GO TO A TOWN HALL AND ASK OUR SENATORS/REPS TO PROTECT DREAMERS AND FUND DISASTER RELIEF AND COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS

SAMPLE SCRIPT
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon, zip code [--].I am dismayed that Congress passed a spending bill that does not contain protection for Dreamers, funding for community health centers, or funding for victims of the longest mass blackout in US history as well as other disaster victims. Thank you for opposing this legislation, which breaks bipartisan promises to address these issues. What will you do to ensure that the GOP keeps its promises?”
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**ACTION 3: SHARE WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY**

Share this post with friends and family. Help them leave messages for their Senators to oppose any spending bill that does not contain protection for Dreamers, funding for community health centers, or funding for victims of the longest mass blackout in US history as well as other disaster victims.
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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
La Grande: (541) 960-7691

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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