Monday, October 19, 2020

Action: Trump Ignores His COVID Calamity To Protect His Presidency

 

TRUMP IGNORES HIS COVID CALAMITY TO PROTECT HIS PRESIDENCY

caely.barrett@gmail.com

Background

With the third wave of infections exploding, why would Trump and Republicans divert their energies to one person when: 

  • Covid pushed 8 million Americans into poverty since May and 22 million working poor are close.

  • 6 million missed their September rent or mortgage payment.

  • 29.5% of households with kids suffer food insecurity, unprecedented in modern times.

  • Covid job losses and early withdrawals mean half of Americans over 55 may retire poor.

  • Harvard economists warn Covid “is the greatest threat to prosperity since 1929.”

But priorities expose values. And the highest value for Trump and Senate Republicans now is packing the Supreme Court with extreme conservatives.

SCOTUS nominee Amy Coney Barrett skated through Senate hearings last week with well-practiced evasions. 

Dem. Sen. Dick Durban said in frustration: “What was the point of these hearings if we really don’t know what she thinks about any issue?”

Well, the point is that Trump and Republicans believe she will:

  • Gut Obamacare.

  • Oppose gay rights.

  • Tacitly support voter suppression.

  • Limit or ban abortions.

  • And, BONUS, be the vote allowing Trump to remain president.

Confirmation could come Friday.

Biden is focused on stopping Covid and reducing poverty rates. Those are his priority.

Cut the politics and help Americans.

1. Call the Senate.

Script Oregon Senators

Script for Republican Senators

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. Save Our Democracy.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Action: We Cannot Let Dark Money Further Pervert Judicial Selection

 

WE CANNOT LET DARK MONEY FURTHER PERVERT JUDICIAL SELECTION 

caely.barrett@gmail.com

Background

Trump, our most lawless President, has appointed 24% of active federal judiciary. He’s now ramming through a 6th Federalist Society Supreme Court Justice.  Nearly 90% of appellate judges and both Supreme Court justices belong to Federalist Society, whose operations are funded by anonymous billionaires seeking to roll back post-New Deal reforms. 

Amy Barrett’s confirmation hearings are the latest battleground in a five-decade-long war by Charles Koch and his allies to dismantle federal regulatory institutions that protect citizens from untrammeled corporate freedom and government programs that benefit health and well-being of all Americans.  

Federalist Society and its right-wing allies spent millions in undisclosed corporate funding successfully promoting Roberts, Alito, Thomas, Gorsuch, and accused sexual predator Kavanaugh—all Federalist Society members—using campaign contributions to GOP Senators to secure confirmations. They also generate lawsuits and fund amicus briefs aimed at overturning judicially what they couldn’t legislatively. The result so far, as Senator Whitehouse exposed—80 5-4 decisions where 5 Federalist Society judges gave GOP and wealthy donors anti-regulation, anti-union, anti-environment, anti-fair-election decisions. Barrett’s confirmation would hasten this trend. 

We must prevent her confirmation and vote out both Trump and GOP Senators who serve their corporate masters, not their constituents who desperately need COVID relief. 

1. Call the Senate.

Script Oregon Senators

Script for Republican Senators

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. Save Our Democracy.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Action: Vote On A Relief Bill Not A Confirmation

 

VOTE ON A RELIEF BILL NOT A CONFIRMATION

caely.barrett@gmail.com

Background

Instead of ramming through a far-right Supreme Court nominee who says separating children at the border is only a political issue and climate change is “contentious” the Senate should be passing a COVID bill and bailing out working people, small businesses and state and local governments.

Instead of ramming through a nominee who will vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, the Senate should be passing a COVID bill that funds health care for COVID victims, contact tracing, nationwide testing, and PPE.

•1.5 million state and local employees have lost their jobs, with many more to come if Congress does not provide aid.

•Small businesses are dying by the thousands.

•We can’t stop virus outbreaks because we don’t have enough contact tracing or testing.

The economy is sliding from temporary crisis into long-term damage while the Senate Republicans block spending that is so obviously needed. Instead they are spending precious time creating a 6-3 majority on the Supreme Court rather than save lives.

Voters are turning out in record numbers. We need to help along the next blue wave (see Action #3). And we need to keep pushing Congress to fight for us.

1. Call the Senate.

Script Oregon Senators

Script for Republican Senators

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. Save Our Democracy.

Only 19 days before November 3! Get involved with Indivisible Oregon:

  • Elections Power Hour weekly strategy call Mondays at 5pm

  • Lots of phonebanks and trainings to Arizona and Georgia (our adopted states) led by Indivisible Oregon or recommended by us

  • Call eligible voters of color with Reclaim Our Vote.  Sundays 3-5pm

  • Already received training and ready to make calls on your own? Want some community and camaraderie? Find a phonebank lounge on the IO events page!

Sources:

Small Businesses Are Dying by the Thousands — And No One Is Tracking the Carnage

 Small-Business Failures Loom as Federal Aid Dries Up

State and local governments have lost 1.5 million jobs since February: Federal aid to states and localities is necessary for a strong economic recovery

Prospects diminish for Covid deal ahead of election

The Latest: Barrett won't say if family separation is wrong

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

ACTION: OUR DEMOCRACY CAN’T BE STOLEN IF EVERY VOTE IS COUNTED

 

OUR DEMOCRACY CAN’T BE STOLEN IF EVERY VOTE IS COUNTED

caely.barrett@gmail.com

Background

Trump knows he’s losing.  

That’s why he and his complicit GOP are doing everything they can to suppress our votes.  But every voter must be heard.  And every mail-in vote must be counted no matter how long it takes.  We’re in a pandemic.  This is election season.  There is not just an election day.

We know that when Trump loses, he’s going to want to get the election thrown into the Supreme Court.

He stated that he wants an ally who will back him installed on the Supreme Court before November 3rd.  Republicans are bulldozing Amy Coney Barrett into Ginsburg’s seat.

Barrett, who refused to say she’ll recuse herself from an election dispute; who refuses to state that Trump cannot delay an election if he so chooses, despite the Constitution;  and who believes that an ex-felon has a right to purchase firearms, but not to vote. 

But we can work right now to make sure that we’ll have leaders chosen by all of OUR votes, not by hand-picked idealogues on the Supreme Court. 

Call your Congressional representatives. 

Then help create a blue tsunami.  Vote now.  Help your friends and families make plans to vote.  Work to get out the vote.

1. Call the Senate.

Script Oregon Senators

Script for Republican Senators

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. Save Our Democracy.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Action: Election Season Ends After Every Vote Is Counted

 

ELECTION SEASON ENDS AFTER EVERY VOTE IS COUNTED

caely.barrett@gmail.com

Background

We all look forward to putting Election Season behind us. While voting will end on November 3rd, Election Season will end only after every vote has been counted. 

We deserve government leaders who protect us from pandemics and other threats, both foreign and domestic. We deserve leaders who protect, rather than restrict, our rights. A majority of us wants the next president to fill the SCOTUS vacancy. Our vote is our voice, and we will be heard this election season.

Trump and his GOP have failed us. They are weak and scared. They know we reject their greed and hate mongering. They are desperately packing our courts with ideologues, hoping their judges will override our will. They are afraid of us and of our vote.

We can and will stop them. We pledge to work from now until election season ends to overwhelm their efforts to stop our votes from being cast and counted. We insist our MoCs also pledge to COUNT EVERY VOTE and demand their colleagues and the press join them. We pledge to join together to resist Trump and his GOP enablers' flagrant attempts to undermine our will and our democracy. We will be heard.

How you can help

  1. Join Indivisible for Indivisible Tuesday with Rep. Bonamici’s offices.

    Join us for Indivisible Tuesday with staff from Representative Bonamici's office. Pre-register for the call at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwsdOGprTIuGtMIL1n1ufku_U5CRJERgqhX and you will be sent a link to it.

2. Call the Senate.

Script for Sen. Merkley

Script for Sen. Wyden

Script for GOP Senators

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)

4. Get 2020 Ready.

Only 22 days before November 3! Get involved with Indivisible Oregon: 

Sources

Step one is turning out the vote. Step two is protecting it. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/10/06/no-matter-what-happens-we-need-full-fair-election/

Local officials should prepare against Trump-inspired voter intimidation. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/local-officials-should-prepare-against-trump-inspired-voter-intimidation/2020/10/05/867709ea-0454-11eb-b7ed-141dd88560ea_story.html

Justice Dept. Eases Election Fraud Inquiry Constraints as Trump Promotes False Narrative - The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/07/us/politics/justice-department-election-fraud.html

6 Reasons Not to Panic About the Election. https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/10/05/6-reasons-not-to-panic-about-the-election-426415

Opinion | Trump is in debt. We can’t ignore the national security risks that come with that. - The Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/10/11/trump-is-debt-we-cant-ignore-national-security-risks-that-come-with-that/