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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Friday, July 10, 2020

ACTION: IF WE WANT JUDGES WHO PROTECT OUR RIGHTS, WE MUST VOTE IN A NEW PRESIDENT AND SENATE

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IF WE WANT JUDGES WHO PROTECT OUR RIGHTS, WE MUST VOTE IN A NEW PRESIDENT AND SENATE. 

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…
Trump and McConnell have already wreaked havoc on the federal courts, and they cannot be permitted to further pack them with right-wing judges between now and the election. It is time to use procedural maneuvers to stall or slow down this train wreck. In the short time left in this session, please work instead (1) to bring stalled legislation to the floor that our country needs to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus crisis and of structural racism and police misconduct and (2) to develop, together with your colleagues, a strategy for the rapid appointment of progressive judges in the next Congress.  

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…
The House must continue to do everything possible to mitigate the disastrous effects of both the coronavirus crisis and structural racism. At the same time, it cannot abandon its attempts to investigate and hold this Administration accountable. 
[For Blumenauer: In light of yesterday’s Supreme Court decision in Trump v. Mazars, please ensure that the Ways and Means Committee demands Trump’s tax returns againlinking them to specific legislative and investigative functions.] 
[For all but Blumenauer: In light of yesterday’s Supreme Court decision in Trump v. Mazars, please ensure that the appropriate House committees seek specific records that are truly needed for it to perform their legislative and investigative functions.] 

ACTION THREE: DUMP TRUMP, FLIP THE SENATE, ELECT REPS WHO WILL PROTECT OUR RIGHTS, AND KEEP EDUCATING YOURSELF.

Keep learning about racism — how is baked into our countrys design and how it works today.  Justice in June has 10-, 25-, and 45-minute actions you can take every day. They recommend this video.  
Dump Trump, Flip the Senate, Stop Gerrymandering, by Working to Get Out The Vote (GOTV). 
Indivisible Oregon is working with Swing Left and its smart Super State Strategy to defeat Trump and the GOP and transform our government.We’ve adopted Arizonawhere we are simultaneously working to flip the White House, the Senate, and those state houses key to rolling back Republican gerrymandering—by writing letters to likely voters, following up with phonebanking, and raising money for their campaigns.Action is the antidote to anxiety (and despair)! 
  • You can also write letters to voters from home, whenever its convenient for you. Register withvotefwd.org and get started. 
  • Or, you can host your own virtual letter-writing party through Swing Left. Its easy and fun. 

BACKGROUND:

Our country’s in the throes of the coronavirus pandemic, that’s threatening our mental, physical, and economic health and our ability to vote safely. Simultaneously, we’re trying to remedy the structural racism and police misconduct exposed by George Floyd’s murder. The House has responded by passing legislation to deal with these critical problemsthat’s languished in the GOP-controlled Senate obsessed with confirming as many ultra-conservative judges committed to dismantling our rights as possible before November’s election. 
 McConnell’s reshaped the federal judiciary for decades by pushing through judges comprising almost 30% of the bench, without needing Democrats’ acquiescenceHe’s not done, however, because he’s vowed to leave no vacancies behind and he’s pressuring older judges to retire. 
 Trump’s judges have already chipped away at our basic rights and will continue to do so for decades, even after new President and Senate elected, by enjoining executive orders and regulations reversing Trump’s disastrous policies and hollowing out or striking down legislation. 
Nevertheless, the federal judiciary needs more judges, and Congress can change the Supreme Court’s composition by adding new seats or imposing term limits. For this reason alone, we must convince fellow citizens that both the composition of our courts and their votes matter. 

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