Making it happen: Week 10
Volunteer letter-writers Pennie Burns, Kathy Pickering, Marilyn Smith, and Sarah Bellinson & friends added 500 more completed SwingLeft voter engagement letters this week. Woohoo! Gold stars on collars!
Many thanks to Susan Lannack, John & Carolyn Stevens, Jace Castello, Bonnie Withers, Maria Cook, Anya Dassel, Karin Tauscher, and one unidentified angel for their generous contributions to fund stamps for our letter/postcard writing projects. Woohoo! Gold stars on collars!
Many New & Improved ways to get a New & Improved president
SwingLeft letter-writing: We’ll get you set up with a packet of 25 letters to write, contributing to our goal of 10,000 letters by October! Contact us to request a packet.
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 in targeted districts in Florida to promote Vote-By-Mail enrollment. See instructions here to get started, and to pay for your postcards and stamps. Then email Lara to get your packet(s) of 20 spiffy “vote from home” postcards delivered to your door!
And see other options under CALENDAR, above!
would normally sound like...well... maybe too much of a good thing.
This is an exception: “Biden Campaign Deploys 600 Lawyers So Trump Can’t ‘Steal This Election’”, recent article in Forbes magazine.
Speaking of Stealing the Election…
From Indivisible National:
Postboxes removed from street corners. Sorting machines taken from local post offices. Hours cut and routes lengthened. In a year when people are rightly anxious about the safety of voting in person, Trump’s increasing attacks on the Postal Service are just more proof he’s laying the groundwork to contest or outright steal the election.
And it’s not just the post office -- last week the Washington Post reported on the RNC’s literal plans to contest the results of the election. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton both spoke out about their fears for November. Trump straight up admitted he’s planning to interfere. And just two days ago, Trump said he’d seek an (unconstitutional) third term.
Luckily, many experts saw this coming, and we’re already working on a plan to fight back. It’s called Protect the Results -- a joint effort between 40 (and counting!) partner organizations to prepare for a mass mobilization if Trump loses the election and refuses to leave office.
We’ve got three steps to get ready for a potential Trump-manufactured constitutional crisis:
Develop mobilization strategies -- using the possible scenarios gamed out by experts, we’re planning for what our response needs to look like to protect our democracy.
Recruit for grassroots turnout -- with ads, media coverage, digital organizing, and more, we’re getting the word out to the people (that’s you!) to sign up at ProtectTheResults.com so we’re ready to act the moment we need to.
Prepare for events nationwide -- working with experts, our coalition, and grassroots leaders, we’re planning for the mobilizations and informed mass action we’ll need if Trump refuses to accept the election results.
NORCOR: A Dose of Great News (we need to keep in practice)
Last week the board of the Northern Oregon Correctional Facility in The Dalles voted unanimously to end its contracts with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. This is a huge win for immigrant justice, and it could not have happened without the courage of the immigrants and refugees detained at NORCOR, who organized two hunger strikes to protest conditions inside the jail. Neither could it have happened without the members of the Gorge ICE Resistance coalition and other activists in and beyond the Gorge, who held years of daily vigils outside NORCOR and kept up the pressure in community meetings and in court. Congratulations to all who worked so hard to achieve this victory.
Content credit to CGWAN.
Biden-Harris Poster/Yard Sign - $5
This is the trifecta of win-win-win offers! Your $5 donation supports the BLUE WAVE by
- Buying stamps for ICG’s voter engagement letter and postcard projects
- Helping support the Post Office until we can get a real President
- Showing your support for Biden/Harris
Designed, produced, and donated by local graphic artist and ICG member Maureen Lauran, this 13” x 19” color poster on heavy stock can be used in a window, or posted on a backing for a yard sign. (We’ll provide an old Jamie M-S yard sign that you can take and repurpose for this. See below.)
Email ICG to get yours now!