Friday, September 18, 2020

ACTION: ACT FOR A DEMOCRACY THAT WORKS FOR ALL: CALL CONGRESS AND GOTV

 

ACT FOR A DEMOCRACY THAT WORKS FOR ALL: CALL CONGRESS AND GOTV

caely.barrett@gmail.com

Background

No matter what we look like or where we live, we all deserve to reach our full potential and have our vote count.  But Trump and his GOP help only themselves and their donors while trying to silence our voices.  

Trump and his GOP know they are losing.  They cheat and bully us to distract from their failures to protect us from COVID and climate enhanced natural disasters. 

We know better.  We know that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will help our communities with plans to address climate change and COVID.

  • Joe and Kamala climate plan makes sure 40% of the overall benefits of spending on clean-energy and infrastructure upgrades go to environmental justice communities. 

  • Joe and Kamala will address COVID day one, improving testing, access to protective equipment, and helping our schools. Their stimulus plan to help us out of the COVID economy includes climate plan and green jobs. 

We know better. We know we can come together this election season to make sure every vote is counted and swear in Joe, Kamala, and a Democratic Congress.  

Act for a democracy that works for all: call Congress to pass the HEROS Act and Get Out The Vote. 

1. Call the Senate.

Script for Sen. Merkley

Script for Sen. Wyden

2. Call the House.

Script for Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01)

Script for Greg Walden (OR-02)

Script for Peter DeFazio (OR-04)

Script for Kurt Schrader (OR-05)

3. Get 2020 Ready.

Oregonians are joining with activists across the country to power a LANDSLIDE democratic victory in November 2020, from the White House to the Senate to the State Houses.  Here’s how you can get involved: 

Sources:

Biden/Harris Climate plan: https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/joe-biden-climate-plan-green-new-deal-1041741/

Biden/Harris Covid Plan: https://www.marieclaire.com/politics/a33831703/joe-biden-covid-plan/

Biden/Harris Covid Stimulus plan is their climate plan: https://nymag.com/intelligencer/article/biden-new-climate-change-plan-coronavirus-stimulus-green-new-deal.html

Trump donors benefit from COVID relief: https://apnews.com/00a34243825661313f2cb6a0f6a21720

Trump Greenwashes his Environmental Record: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/08/us/politics/trump-drilling-environment-florida.html

Oil, Gas, And Coal Tycoons donate to Trump: https://www.forbes.com/sites/michelatindera/2020/06/24/these-are-the-energy-oil-and-gas-billionaires-donating-to-donald-trump/#3b538cbf4922

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Action: Now Is The Time To Attack Structural Racism

 

NOW IS THE TIME TO ATTACK STRUCTURAL RACISM

caely.barrett@gmail.com

Background

W.E.B. DuBois recognized America’s split personality—as the land of the free and the home of the slave—which we’ve never had the will to change.   

Although these contradictions continue, George Floyd’s murder, the coronavirus pandemic’s highly uneven impact on communities of color, and Trump’s callous responses to both, have finally made white America confront deep-seated racial inequities. The more than 23 million who’ve participated in Black Lives Matter protests since May—supported by 87% of Democrats, 76% of Independents, and 53% of Republicans—make Black Lives matter the largest protest movement in American history.

We must not waste this energy for transformative change. Rather than focusing solely on police and criminal justice reform, we must push to eliminate the structural racism keeping people of color from achieving full equality by reinvesting in their communities. As first steps

  • The Senate must pass HEROS Act, George Floyd Justice in Policing Act and Emmett Till Antilynching Act, 

  • Congress must enact the Anti-Racism in Public Health Act, which identifies systematic racism as a public health crisis and requires CDC to develop both anti-racist health policies and programs preventing law enforcement violence.

  • Congress must commit to post-pandemic rebuilding based on anti-racism and economic justice.

1. Call the Senate.

Script for Sen. Merkley

Script for Sen. Wyden

2. Call the House.

Script for Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01)

Script for Greg Walden (OR-02)

Script for Earl Blumenauer (OR-03)

Script for Peter DeFazio (OR-04)

Script for Kurt Schrader (OR-05)

3. Get 2020 Ready.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Action: We Can Do Better Than “It Is What It Is”

 

 WE CAN DO BETTER THAN “IT IS WHAT IT IS”

caely.barrett@gmail.com

Background

Trump has no policy or plan to protect Americans from COVID-19. He never will.

Seven months after he boasted to Bob Woodward that he knew COVID-19 was airborne and deadly his only focus remains the stock market and his re-election.  

The choice is clear.  We must choose leadership that values our lives, knows to recover from COVID-19, knows we all need to be in this together, and insists we must listen to science.  

Biden’s platform does all of that:  

  • Establishes a national testing board and a Public Health Job Corps.

  • Returns our public health institutions to scientists.

  • Ensures all Americans have free access to vaccines and treatment

  • Establishes an Infectious Disease Racial Disparities Task Force to confront the racism and discrimination in pandemic response.

  • Supports state and local governments.

  • Supports mask mandates.

While Trump:

  • Pushes businesses and schools to reopen regardless of the risk.

  • Directs the CDC to recommend reduced testing and alters reports to hide the actual number of deaths.

  • Pushes an untested vaccine to market before elections. 

  • Listens to Big Pharma lobbyists and conspiracy theorists rather than scientists in HHS leadership.

 

When we call Congress and work for Biden/Harris we are working to build back better. 

1. Call the Senate.

Script for Sen. Merkley

Script for Sen. Wyden

2. Call the House.

Script for Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01)

Script for Greg Walden (OR-02)

Script for Earl Blumenauer (OR-03)

Script for Peter DeFazio (OR-04)

Script for Kurt Schrader (OR-05)

3. Get 2020 Ready.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

ACTION: AMPLIFY THE MESSAGE: DEMOCRATIC LEADERS CARE, DEMOCRATIC LEADERS ACT

 

AMPLIFY THE MESSAGE: DEMOCRATIC LEADERS CARE, DEMOCRATIC LEADERS ACT

caely.barrett@gmail.com

Background

We deserve leaders who care about us, no matter who we are or how we vote. We need Democrats to spread the word and secure the help we desperately need. The HEROES Act must become law before a continuing resolution vote. It's the last leverage we have.

The HEROES Act costs half of what the 2017 tax give-away to the wealthy did. Yet Senate Republicans gutted House Democrats' efforts, offering crumbs for us while helping themselves to even more. They then blamed Democratic opposition for their own failure. 

We struggle with multiple crises: COVID-19, financial collapse, centuries of racist policies, police brutality, white supremacist threats, Russian election interference, Trump's authoritarianism, and climate catastrophe. House Democrats have passed legislation tackling all these issues, but Republican stinginess and political self-dealing relegated these bills to McConnell's legislative "graveyard."

Biden assembles a pandemic response team; Trump lies us into illness, death, and financial ruin. Biden visits his veteran son's grave; Trump denigrates military service. House Democrats' For the People Act includes anti-corruption measures; new Trump scandals emerge daily, enabled by his complicit GOP.  We must engage the press and let voters know: Democratic leaders care and Democratic leaders act. 

Sources

How you can help

  1. Join Indivisible for Indivisible Tuesday with Senator Merkley's staff.

    Pre-register for the call here https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcudOygqTksEtJIfv2szpVHnC4l1pu6Kmli you will be sent a link to join the call.

Script for Sen. Merkley

2. Call the Senate.

Portland office: 503-326-3386 | D.C. office 202-224-3753

My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling because… Trump’s intentional, ongoing, craven lies to the American people about COVID-19 resulted in unnecessary death, economic collapse, and suffering. They are impeachable offenses. I demand that Trump be censured. You use the outrage stemming from Bob Woodward’s disclosures to guilt your GOP colleagues into passing the HEROES Act. You refuse to vote yes on the continuing resolution until the HEROES Act is passed and signed into law by the President. You find a way to message about these that gets press attention.

Script for Sen. Wyden

3. Call the House.

Script for Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01)

Script for Greg Walden (OR-02)

Script for Earl Blumenauer (OR-03)

Script for Peter Defazio (OR-04)

Script for Kurt Schrader (OR-05)

3. Get 2020 Ready.

Oregonians are joining with activists across the country to power a LANDSLIDE democratic victory in November 2020, from the White House to the Senate to the State Houses.  Here’s how you can get involved: 

Sources

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/pelosi-democrats-shred-trump-over-woodward-book-pandemic-revelations-n1239673

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/sep/14/biden-trump-wildfires-messages-campaign-trail-california?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/sep/14/republican-skinny-coronavirus-relief-mitch-mcconnell?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

https://apnews.com/5d306f8176972692ce700b569b01cd73?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter_axiosam&stream=top

https://www.route-fifty.com/finance/2020/09/extra-300-unemployment-benefit-running-out/168429/

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/09/10/910724801/overview-of-poll-data-on-pandemics-damagehttps://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/09/10/910724801/overview-of-poll-data-on-pandemics-damage

https://www.wtkr.com/news/it-would-be-devastating-healthcare-providers-weigh-in-on-proposed-medicare-cuts

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/sep/10/donald-trump-bob-woodward-interviews?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/09/09/whistleblower-trump-officials-pressured-him-downplay-russia-threat/5762527002/

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-veterans-idUSKBN2621DT

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/09/11/dead-section-60-served-because-they-loved-their-country-if-only-trump-did-too/

https://apnews.com/3570f775ee3007888cd651d37fcbd465

https://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/2020/09/opinion-oregon-is-burning-amid-a-firestorm-of-hate.html

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/sep/13/donald-trump-wildfires-california-oregon-washington-robert-reich?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

https://www.mediamatters.org/roger-stone/roger-stone-calls-trump-seize-total-power-if-he-loses-election

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/09/14/7-ways-trump-his-cabal-are-using-government-corrupt-election/

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/14/us/caputo-virus.html?referringSource=articleShare