Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Action: Congress Secure The Vote

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CONGRESS SECURE THE VOTE

ACTION ONE: JOIN US AT #INDIVISIBLETUESDAY 

WE HAVE COMBINED OUR REGULAR INDIVISIBLE TUESDAY WITH A DAY OF ACTION FOR ELECTION SECURITY. THE DAY IS SPONSORED BY A COALITION OF NATIONAL GROUPS INCLUDING COMMON CAUSE.  JOIN US TODAY – TUESDAY — AT 11:30 A.M. OUTSIDE THE OFFICE OF SEN. JEFF MERKLEY OFFICE AT 121 SW SALMON STREET.   
WE WILL THANK SENATOR MERKLEY FOR CO-SPONSORING ELECTION SECURITY BILLS IN THE SENATE, AND ASK HIM TO
  • KEEP PUSHING MCCONNELL TO PUT THE HOUSE-PASSED SAFE ACT* UP FOR A VOTE
  • WORK FOR $600 MILLION IN THE FY 2020 APPROPRIATIONS BILL TO SECURE OUR ELECTIONS
  • KEEP HIGHLIGHTING THE NEED FOR ELECTION SECURITY ON ALL OF HIS CHANNELS.
*SAFE ACT – SECURING AMERICAN FEDERAL ELECTIONS

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…
Today is Secure Our Vote Day of Action. We all know that Trump and his GOP can only win if they rig the election system. We are grateful to have champions for election security in our Oregon delegation. We ask that the Senator:
  • keep pushing McConnell to put the House-passed SAFE Act* up for a vote
  • work for $600 million in the FY 2020 appropriations bill to secure our elections
  • keep highlighting the need for election security on all his channels.
*SAFE Act – Securing American Federal Elections

ACTION THREE: 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…
Everyone but Walden:  Today is Secure Our Vote Day of Action. We all know that Trump and his GOP can only win if they rig the election system. We are grateful to have champions for election security in our Oregon delegation. We ask that the Representative:
  • keep pushing McConnell to put the House-passed SAFE Act* up for a vote;
  • work for $600 million in the FY 2020 appropriations bill to secure our elections;
  • keep highlighting the need for election security on all his/her channels.
Walden:  Today is Secure Our Vote Day of Action. The Representative and I both know that we need federal protections for federal elections. This is a matter of national security, not states’ rights. Our own intelligence agencies agree: Russia is attacking our voting systems. Mueller testified just before the recess that “They [Russians] are doing it as we sit here. . . . And they expect to do it again during the next campaign.” Rep. Walden could have stood up for election integrity and voted for the SAFE Act* but he didn’t. I noticed. I ask him to do better next time. 
*SAFE Act – Securing American Federal Elections

BACKGROUND:

The House passed a sweeping election reform package in June with one Republican supporting it – it wasn’t Oregon’s Rep. Walden (R-D2).
Republicans claim that voting security is a state rights issue. But the highly decentralized data systems are easy targets for malicious actions, never mind voting fraud engineered by states, as Georgia most recently did in 2018.
Voting security cannot be left up to a patchwork of state systems that are limited by resources and politics – especially now, when outside actors are attacking these systems. 
By refusing to bring ANY election security bills to the floor, Mitch McConnell is inviting Russia and other hostile actors to meddle in our elections.
This threat strikes at the heart of our democracy. If we can’t trust that our elections are secure, their results are accurate, then we won’t have a representative democracy.
The SAFE (Securing American Federal Elections) Act includes:
  •  paper ballots that leave a permanent, verifiable record;
  • voting machines that aren’t Internet-connected
  •  risk-limiting audits that check machine records against a final count.
We have champions for election security in our Oregon delegation. We ask that they:
  • keep pushing McConnell to put the SAFE Act to a vote;
  • work for $600 million in budget to secure our elections;
  • keep highlighting the need for election security.

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Monday, September 16, 2019

ACTION: PASS A BUDGET THAT DEFUNDS HATE

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PASS A BUDGET THAT DEFUNDS HATE

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…
While the Senator works to support impeachment hearings on Trump’s abuses at the border, I am asking that he make sure that any budget, including a short term spending agreement, defunds hate.  There must be 
  • no increased funding for ICE or CBP, or a border wall
  • humanitarian safeguards for immigrants.  
  • language to stop Trump’s shell game of moving money from other agencies to fund ICE, the wall or any other anti-immigrant actions.  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…
While the Representative works to support impeachment hearings on Trump’s abuses at the border, I am asking that he/she makes sure that any budget, including a short term spending agreement, defunds hate. There must be:
  • no increased funding for ICE or CBP, or a border wall
  • humanitarian safeguards for immigrants.  
  • language to stop Trump’s shell game of moving money from other agencies to fund ICE, the wall or any other anti-immigrant actions.  Thank you.” 

BACKGROUND:

It’s urgent that Congress get a budget passed in order to keep the government funded and operating.  But they must ensure the budget does not support this administrations racist anti-immigration agenda by insisting on:

  • Less money for ICE and CBP.  And no money without significant humanitarian safeguards for immigrants.  Trump’s budget proposal is seeking an increase of more than $3 billion. More money means more surveillance and raids on immigrant communities, more privatized, for-profit immigrant prison camps, more deportation of refugees seeking asylum.  

  • No money for a border wall. Trump wants $8.6 billion more budgeted for his xenophobic boondoggle.

  • No money for “discretionary appropriations for DHS”, which oversees the ICE and CBP budgets.  Trump wants $51.7 billion to spend. Without oversight. At his “discretion.”

  • Protection of services vital to our health and national security.  Trump seeks large cuts including 15%, to USDA, 31% to EPA and 23% to the State Department.

  • Language in the budget which will stop Trump from stealing Congressionally allocated funds from other agencies to increase money going to ICE, the wall, or any other anti-immigrant actions.
Call your MOC.  Tell them to pass a budget that defunds hate and demands humanitarian safeguards for immigrants.

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