How will our elected representatives know what you want if you don't tell them? Indivisibles around the state are evaluating proposed legislation described in today's newsletter. Now it's up to each of us to tell our state legislators how we want them to vote. Use today's newsletter as a guide for contacting your state legislators. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org questions and comments.
TELL BETSY TO TAKE ACTION ON CLIMATE AND SJM 5
The Oregon Senate votes Wednesday, April 7 on a resolution urging Congress to pass the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (EICDA). This resolution - SJM5 - was written by Senator Michael Dembrow at the behest of former Representative Tiffiny Mitchell. Please write or call State Senator Betsy Johnson and ask her to vote yes. Please contact her again if you reached out before.
Here are the key points about the EICDA and SJM 5: • The EICDA will put a fee on carbon pollution at its source (the coal mine, oil well, natural gas well, and fuels imported across the US border) and then take that money to give back to American households in monthly dividend checks.
• This policy is revenue neutral. The fees collected on carbon emissions will be allocated to all Americans to spend any way they choose. The government will not keep any of the fees collected.
• This is a market based solution that doesn't grow the government or increase regulations.
• The EICDA has had bipartisan support in Congress.
• SJM 5 has bipartisan support in the Oregon Legislature.
Thanks to the team of COIN activists who have assessed 38 bills currently before the state legislature. Now it's up to us to do our part to enact the 36 bills that COIN recommends and reject the other two.
COIN asks that you send the following letter to our legislators, State Senator Betsy Johnson and State Representative Suzanne Weber. The links to the bills COIN has reviewed are here and here. If you can, please copy and save the recommendations as a PDF and attach with your email. If you'd like a ready-made PDF of the recommendations, email@example.com. Please personalize your letter, especially the first and last paragraphs, shown in blue. • • • • • • • • • • • • •
Subject: Bills to Support/Oppose
Dear [Sen. Johnson D-16] or Dear [Rep. Weber-D-32], I am one of your constituents in District 16/32. You recently got this email from the Consolidated Oregon Indivisible Network:
The Consolidated Oregon Indivisible Network (COIN) is a coalition of over 40 Indivisible groups in Oregon that cooperate and amplify their joint efforts to advance federal and state legislation and hold their elected representatives accountable. Collectively, we represent tens of thousands of progressives throughout Oregon, from the Portland metro area, to Central, Eastern, and Southern Oregon, the Coast, the Columbia Gorge and the Willamette Valley.
Attached you will find aCOIN document listing 38 bills currently before the Oregon Legislature on which COIN has made a recommendation. In order to qualify for a recommendation, the COIN Legislative Team first carefully researches and vets each bill. Next, worksheets proposing a recommendation on each bill are prepared and reviewed by COIN’s leadership. Finally, the recommendations are put out for COIN Indivisible member groups to join.On behalf of COIN, I am providing you with our recommendations. We hope you will consider them thoughtfully as you cast your votes.
I want you to pay particular attention to this list of recommendations because I, and many others in District 16/32 support them. My group, Indivisible North Coast Oregon (INCO), is an active member of COIN.
FUND THE FUTURE
Starting today, Indivisible national will match donations to INCO up to a total of $500, which means $1000! You can help INCO be ready to defend democracy this month and throughout the year.
Your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar by Indivisible national for a limited time. With your help, we can continue our work for democracy in these tumultuous, challenging times. Please donate here.
WHY INDIVISIBLE ACTIVISM MATTERS
INCO registered voters and distributed Agree/Disagree signs for the first time at Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici's Town Hall, Warrenton High School, April 15, 2017.
VIRTUAL Tuesday, April 13 - INCO South County Community Group Zoom meeting, 6:30 pm - 8 pm. Please RSVP to Kathleenannmacdonald@yahoo.com thru Monday, April 12 for your Zoom link.
Saturday, April 17- INCO North County Community Group Zoom meeting, 11 a.m - noon.Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get the Zoom link.
EVERY FRIDAY: The INCO Write to Voters group invites you to a Zoom open house for informal chat and writing to voters in special elections and for ballot issues every Friday from 3-4 pm. Pets and children welcome. Contact email@example.com get the Zoom invitation from Bebe.
"Many a time freedom has been rolled back -and always for the same sorry reason: fear." -- Molly Ivins, columnist