Making it happen: Week 11
Volunteer letter-writers Pennie Burns, Peter Cornelison, Anne Gehrig, Amy Nowatzki, Arden Reid, Marilyn Smith, and Irene Zimmerman, and Sarah Bellinson & friends completed 425 more SwingLeft voter engagement letters this week. Woohoo! Gold stars on collars!
Many thanks to Claire Culbertson for her generous contribution to fund stamps for our letter-writing. Woohoo! Gold star on collar!
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.
Phonebanking with Indivisible National: Check out this super helpful video on how to phonebank using Hubdialer, then join any of Indivisible’s many phonebank dates on the phonebank 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!
By now the entire country is aware that Trump, past hoping for an electoral win with the conventional get-folks-to-vote-for-me approach, is focused on stealing the election by voter suppression and foreign interference. The latest and most far-reaching form of voter suppression is his destruction of the USPS. First it was starving it of funds, disingenuously stating it should become self-sustaining - of course we don’t expect this of the military or most other government functions. Now it is breaking and discarding expensive mail-sorting equipment, taking mailboxes off the streets, and reducing services at local post offices. This has been accomplished by installing a Trump loyalist, Louis DeJoy, as Postmaster General, and then dictating the destruction plan. So far, the USPS Board of Governors, 6 wealthy old white men, most of whom are also Trump appointees, has had nothing to say about this, despite the fact that they have both the power and the duty to stop DeJoy.
Legal and legislative responses are developing. Speaker Pelosi has ordered House members back from vacation to vote on a bill to halt the destruction of the Post Office. DeJoy has been called to testify before Congress. State attorneys general are filing suits because of interference in their voting processes, and state Secretaries of State are implementing alternative voting processes.
A grassroots effort to flush out the sleeping USPS Board of Governors has taken off around the country. They will NOT be happy to find their email boxes and phone messages full, but will also not be willing to have their reputations tarnished and business lives disrupted by this fiasco. You are invited and encouraged to participate. Call & email each of the 6 of them, and tell them :
who & what you are (a retiree? Veteran?),
what you & family rely on the USPS for in this pandemic,
how DeJoy’s changes are disrupting your needs & causing stress, and
your worry about Vote-by-Mail in the upcoming election.
Emails: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com.
There is a problem locally too, since many people mail in their ballots, especially now that it is postage-paid. We can drop off ballots by hand in a ballot box, but there’s only ONE ballot box available for the entire Hood River valley, the one on State Street in downtown HR. There are none in Parkdale or Odell. This has in the past been an inconvenience for residents there, and now is a critical problem with Trump’s intentional slowdown of USPS delivery. There’s time to add boxes (and there are some State resources available), but the decision rests with HR County Commissioners and the director of HRC’s Election Division, Brian Beebe. Mr. Beebe has responded tersely last week that he’s not planning on pursuing this. Both he and the County Commissioners seem to need more urging from concerned residents to add ballot boxes in Odell and Parkdale:
County Commissioners - firstname.lastname@example.org; Karen.email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Director Beebe - email@example.com