Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Action: Why We Vote


WHY WE VOTE – THE RULE OF LAW FROM IMPEACHMENT TO IRAN  

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 has no respect for the rule of law.  We must address the immediate and long term threats that Trump is causingwith impeachment, Iran, and his judgesI ask the Senator to: 
  • prevent a reckless war against Iran – starting with passing the War Powers Resolution  
  • work for a fair impeachment trial; 
  • speak out against unqualified judges  

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…
Trump has no respect for the rule of law.  We must address the immediate and long term threats that Trump is causing with impeachment, Iran, and his judges. I ask the Senator to: 
  • prevent a reckless war against Iran – starting with passing the War Powers Resolution;  
  • work for a fair impeachment trial; 
  • speak out against unqualified judges. 

ACTION THREE: SIGN UP FOR A LETTER WRITING PARTY

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IF YOU ARE IN THE PORTLAND METRO AREA JOIN INDIVISIBLE OREGON LETTER WRITING PARTIES WITH SWING LEFT/VOTE FORWARD 

BACKGROUND:

Trump has no respect for the law. He ignores the War Powers resolution and has us on the brink of a reckless war with Iran, with our bases being bombed. He flouts the constitution by committing impeachable offenses.  He nominates unqualified judges. 
While the House voted on articles of impeachment last month, Trump’s Republican Senate confirmed 12 federal judges. Federal judges hold office for life, and the consequences of their decisions affect all of us, often for decades.  
Having refused to fill vacancies during the Obama administration, Trump’s Republican Senate have been confirming scores of judges without fully vetting them. Some of these judges opposed Roe v. Wade, refused to support Brown v. the Board of Education, and supported Trump’s obstruction of Congressional oversight.  
We must address the immediate and long-term threats that Trump is causing: Our MoCs must  
  1. prevent a reckless war against Iran;
  2. work to pass the War Powers Resolution;
  3. work for a fair impeachment trial; 
  4. speak out against unqualified judges.
After we call Congress, we must work to elect a new Senate so Congress will once again assert its authority as a co-equal branch of government.

SOURCES: 

HTTPS://WWW.NPR.ORG/2019/01/02/681208228/TRUMPS-JUDICIAL-APPOINTMENTS-WERE-CONFIRMED-AT-HISTORIC-PACE-IN-2018 
HTTPS://NEWS.YAHOO.COM/TRUMP-PRESIDENCY-MOST-LASTING-IMPACT-131605247.HTML 
HTTPS://BALLOTPEDIA.ORG/ABA_RATINGS_DURING_THE_TRUMP_ADMINISTRATION 
HTTPS://WWW.HUFFPOST.COM/ENTRY/TRUMP-FEDERAL-JUDGES-OBAMA-REPUBLICANS_N_5ABD47C4E4B0A47437A98594 
HTTPS://WWW.NEWSWEEK.COM/TRUMP-NOMINATING-UNQUALIFIED-JUDGES-LEFT-AND-RIGHT-710263 

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