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Indivisible NEWS


COUNTDOWN: 7 WEEKS
to a RATHER important election

 

<----- WE'RE GETTING CLOSE!  PLEASE CONTRIBUTE! Our volunteers have written over 10,000 SwingLeft letters and Postcards to Voters to register and engage voters in key swing states and to promote vote by mail enrollment.
This voter outreach will make a difference in this election.
 
We need an additional $500 for postage to get these letters and cards in the mail. 

PLEASE HELP if you can.
     
$6000 raised to date - thank you, donors!

Upcoming Events

Virtual Postcards-to-Voters Writing Parties

  • Help advance Dem candidates in key races around the country!
  • Instructions here to get started on your own. Supply your own postcards and stamps, or email to request a delivery, online purchase link, or other assistance.
  • Click here for Zoom link to join:
  • Friday, Sept 18, 10:00 am

Virtual SwingLeft Letter Writing Parties with Indivisible OR
Virtual SwingLeft Letter Writing Parties with ICG/CGWAN
  • Wed, Sept 23, and Oct 7 - 9:30-11am
  • Wed, Sept 16 & 30 - 7-8:30pm
  • Zoom link for all dates here. RSVP for events here.

Phonebanking for Rep. Anna Williams - VOLUNTEERS WANTED
  • Note: With covid, phonebanking replaces canvassing. This is a tight race - Please help!
  • RSVP here for all phonebanking dates blow.
  • Phonebanking training: Every Tues in Sept, 2-3pm
  • Phonebanking:
    • Thurs, Sept 24, 5-7pm
    • Every Tues thru end of October, 5-7pm
    • Every Sat through end of October, 11am-3pm

Help with Voter Registration
  • Sept 13 - Oct 13; Led by League of Women Voters
  • Choose among many outdoor events & locations (farmers markets, etc.). Masks and social distancing.
  • NOTE: HR County has 3500 eligible individuals who are not yet registered to vote!
  • To help, contact Fran Finney (ffinney@aol.com, 541-354-1112)

Sept 29 First Presidential Debate (details TBA)

Oct 7 Vice-Presidential Debate (details TBA)

Oct 13 OR voter registration deadline (11:59 pm postmark or online receipt)

Oct 15 Second Presidential Debate (details TBA)

Oct 21 Program: Election 2020 & the Constitution
  • 7-8pm (and may go over if you wish); Register here to get the Zoom link.
  • They’re back! Judges Paul Crowley & John Kelly will facilitate a discussion on the Constitutional issues surrounding the upcoming presidential election.
  • You’re invited to submit questions for the discussion by email. This will help the facilitators focus on issues of interest to the audience. 

Oct 22 Third Presidential Debate (details TBA)

Oct 14-20 OR ballots are mailed to voters

Nov 3 “Election Day”
  • Spread the word: the final tally of votes around the country, and subsequent assignment of electoral college votes, will likely take additional days to weeks. Important for people to know and expect!
  • OR: deadline for receipt of ballot in County Elections Office via mail or drop box is 8pm


Nov 4 - Jan 20 Extreme political/social kerfluffle possible here, along with annual sacrificial turkey rituals.

Jan 20 Inauguration Day

Calls to Action

Contact Info for our Legislators
FEDERAL
   OR:       Sen. Ron Wyden - Email  202-224-5244
                Sen. Jeff Merkley - Email 202-224-3753;
                Rep. GregWalden - Email 202-225-6730
   WA:      Sen. Patty Murray - Email 202-224-2621
                Sen. Maria Cantwell - Email 202-224-3441
                Rep. Jamie Herrera-Beutler - Email 202-225-3536
   Others: Find your federal reps here.
 
STATE
   HR County:       Rep. Anna Williams - Email 503-986-1452;
                             Sen. Chuck Thomsen - Email 503-986-1726
   W. Wasco Cty:  Rep. Daniel Bonham - Email 503-986-1459;
                             Sen. Lynn Findley - Email 503-986-1730

   Others:              Find your OR state reps here.

HEROES Act Now!
Call/write your 3 federal representatives.

MESSAGE

For Sens. Merkley and Wyden:
I’m calling/writing to urge you to insist the Senate pass and Trump sign the HEROES Act prior to any Senate vote on the continuing budget resolution (CR). It is time to force Trump and his Senate to make their stand clear: help the American people by passing the HEROES Act , or continue to hurt us by giving tax breaks to the wealthy in their "stimulus" bills. The CR is the last leverage Democrats have this session. 

For Rep. Walden:
I’m calling/writing to remind you once again that we constituents of yours are suffering. It is up to you to protect us by insisting the Senate pass and Trump sign the HEROES Act prior to any House vote on the continuing resolution.

Moving Forward

Making it happen: Week 7

The last packet of SwingLeft letters went out to a writer this week! When all of the packets currently out to writers are returned, we will have completed 11,290 letters! Tremendous job, all of you volunteers!

This week, Amy Nowatzki, Arden Reid, Bob Danko, Fran Finney, Lani Roberts, Linda Chamberlain, Polly Wood, Phoebe Wood, and Sarah Bellinson & friends completed a smashing 625 SwingLeft voter engagement letters! Woohoo! Gold stars on collars!

Our postcarding team, led by Lara Dunn and Laurie Macdonald, is now over 30 strong and has mailed over 1400 handwritten postcards since August 21. This volume of friendly notes to voters will really make a difference in November. Write on!

Many thanks to Linda Chamberlain, Karin Tauscher, Christian and Alix Danielsen, Mary Ellen Barilotti, Jana Castanares, and Lousie Johnson for their generous contributions to fund stamps for our letter/postcard writing projects. Woohoo! Gold stars on collars!


YES, we’re working to get a New & Improved president (and Senate)

  • Texting with Indivisible National: Check the training schedule to find a date that works for you, then join any of Indivisible’s texting event dates on the texting schedule.
  • ICG Postcarding using Postcards-to-Voters: Send postcards to voters promoting various Dem candidates around the country. See instructions here to get started, and to pay for your postcards and stamps. Then email Laurie to get your packet(s) of 20 spiffy “vote from home” postcards delivered to your door!
  • Help distribute Anna Williams yard signs, starting with your friends and neighbors! Email ICG to get the signs.
  • Email ICG to get your Biden-Harris yard sign now - $5 each. Funds our letter and postcard projects.
  • And see other options under CALENDAR, above.


OR Wildfires and Climate Change

We are witnessing and mourning unbelievable destruction and calamity in our state, and in CA and WA. So many people have been displaced, either temporarily or permanently, and many have been killed by the wildfires raging in the West. The fires are more numerous and more intense than in the past, and many have occurred in places that have not typically had wildfires in the past. This incredible catastrophe is due in large part to climate change.

Let us be clear on the words, as they do matter. The displaced and the dead are CLIMATE REFUGEES and CLIMATE FATALITIES. And yes, Trump can fairly be called a “climate arsonist.”
This is a good time to be intentional about how we think of the wildfires and the losses, how we speak of them, and how we write about them. Climate change should have been front and center as a political and social issue for the last 20 years. Making it so right now, at election time, is an opportunity not to be missed.

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