Making it happen: Week 2
Our letter-writing (11,000+!) and postcard-writing (3000+!) campaigns have now come to a close. As noted above in Calls-to-Action, we and our fellow activists around the country are turning our full attention to phonebanking for the last 2 weeks.
Even if you’ve resisted phonebanking in the past, give it a try. THIS IS THE TIME. Choose one of these well-polished resources, and give it all you’ve got -
ICG Endorsements - Local, State, & Federal
Mayor - Kate McBride
City Council (3) - Gladys Rivera, Megan Saunders, Mark Zanmiller (incumbent)
YES on ballot measure: Measure 14-70 Revision of Hood River County Home Rule Charter
Attorney General - Ellen Rosenblum
Secretary of State - Shemia Fagan
State Treasurer - Tobias Reed
State Representative (HD52) - Anna Williams
YES on all state ballot measures:
· Measure 107 Campaign Finance Limits Amendment
· Measure 108 Tobacco and E-Cigarette Tax Increase for Health Programs Measure
· Measure 109 Psilocybin Mushroom Services Program Initiative
· Measure 110 Drug Decriminalization and Addiction Treatment Initiative
President/VP - Joe Biden/Kamala Harris
US Senator - Jeff Merkley
US Representative (CD2) - Alex Spenser
Editorial Opinion: Engagement with Civility
We, the BIG we, are in desperate need of a change in attitude in this country. I know it can’t happen under Trump, as he purposefully sows divisiveness and fans the flames of hatred among us. But I am hoping and expecting it can start under Biden-Harris. They at least recognize and are speaking of the need for unity and civility.
The negative, confrontational attitude on display daily in the U.S. has been building for a long time. We see it in our progressive distrust of institutions - governmental, educational, commercial - and each other. We see it in our promotion and celebration of American “individualism” and individual rights, which can also convey “f*** you, society, I’ll do what I want.” Not only is the overall feel one of hostility, we seem to have lost the inclination to respect and work for the common good - actually subjugate our individual judgment / “rights” / preferences for the collective benefit of all.
The idea of achieving a greater sense of unity and respect for others is not just a utopian dream. It can happen - in fact, it must, if we are to flourish. We do not have to roll over and play dead to avoid conflict. We do not have to give up working for the issues and values we hold dear. We do need to make a real effort, though, to do it with civility, even tolerance, even acceptance. People are different. There will always be different points of view. But the common good calls.
Resistance Actions During/After Elections
If Trump declares victory before all the votes are counted, makes unfounded claims that the election was “stolen,” tries to stop votes from being counted, or otherwise threatens the integrity of the election or the peaceful transition of power, mass grassroots mobilization will occur around the country. It’s quite possible that one or more of these triggers will occur immediately on/after November 3, and that the first mobilization will be called for Wednesday, November 4.
The thinking on and planning for grassroots response has been detailed in our last 3 newsletters -
Please reread these basics, in case resistance actions are called for:
Commitment to nonviolence: We commit to a nonviolent strategy for several reasons. First, we want to prioritize keeping people safe, especially those most at risk from rising threats of right-wing violence. Second, we want to win. Rigorous study of social movements has shown that nonviolent civil resistance is more effective than violence at resisting oppression and making change.
Lawfulness, de-escalation, mutual respect and caretaking: We expect all participants to act lawfully at all times and to seek to de-escalate any potential confrontation with those who disagree with us. We expect all participants to respect one another and look out for one another.
Sustained mobilization: The first week following the election is extremely critical. If Trump challenges the integrity of the election or is otherwise sowing chaos, we will repond with sustained protests.
Increasing pressure: If the crisis lasts longer than that first critical week post-election, we will need to be ready to ramp up our pressure. The strategy(ies) chosen will depend on the scenario at the time.
Attention to risk and safety: Trump’s attempts to create chaos and his encouragement of state-sponsored and right-wing violence, combined with polarizing media, misinformation, and accusations of fraud, all increase the risk of post-election violence. We will promote deescalation strategies, and seek to minimize the risk of violence in planning our response events.
Local actions and communications: ICG leadership will communicate plans for rallies/other actions in Hood River and/or The Dalles as developments unfold. Communication will be via ICG’s Facebook page and by “emergency alert” newsletter. Any gatherings will include social distancing and masks, and safety will be part of the planning.