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Indivisible NEWS


COUNTDOWN: 11 WEEKS
to a RATHER important election

 

We’re all-in for CHANGE in 2020. Our volunteers have written 10,000 (!!!) SwingLeft letters to register/engage voters in the 12 “Super States." We need an additional $3000 for postage to get these letters in the mail. Please help if you can.

 

Upcoming Events

Virtual SwingLeft Letter Writing Parties

  • Complete prepared letters to voters in targeted states that will make the difference in November!
  • Click to register for each date:

Sat, Aug 22, 12-2pm

Sat, Aug 29,12-2pm

Sat, Sept 12, 12-2pm
 

Virtual Postcards to Voters Writing Parties

  • Help more Florida Democrats to enroll in VOTE BY MAIL!
  • Supply your own postcards and stamps, or email to request a delivery and help getting started.
  • Click here for Zoom link to join:
Mondays, August 24 and 31, 8:00 pm
Fridays, September 11 and 18, 10:00 am
 

Phonebanking for Rep. Anna Williams - VOLUNTEERS WANTED

Aug 17-20 [Virtual] Dem national convention


Aug 18 Meet Tobias Read, COIN-endorsed candidate [and incumbent] for State Treasurer

  • 7pm; Register here for the Zoom call, hosted by COIN (Consolidated Oregon Indivisible Network)


Aug 22   #SaveThePostOffice Rally

  • 11am-12noon, in front of the PO in The Dalles (101 W. 2nd Street)
  • Nat’l Day of Action organized by Indivisible & MoveOn; demand resignation of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.


TBA, week of Sept 29 First Presidential Debate


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


TBA, week of Oct 15 Second Presidential Debate


Oct 14-20 OR ballots are mailed to voters


Nov 3 ELECTION DAY - Dump Trump! Flip the Senate!

  • OR: deadline for receipt of ballot in County Elections Office via mail or drop box is 8pm

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.

Save the Census

Call/write our 2 US Senators.

MESSAGE:

I’m calling to urge you to include funding to finish the census properly in the next covid stimulus bill. Recently the U.S. Census Bureau announced it would be prematurely ending census operations on September 30, 2020, even though disruptions due to Covid-19 have slowed down data collection significantly. The counting date had previously been extended through October 31, 2020.

This is an intentional and transparent plot to sabotage the census and skew Congressional representation, redistricting, and critical funding allotments for every state in the country.

Congress can and should act to protect the census by ensuring sufficient funding in the next covid stimulus package to protect the Census from premature termination. I urge you to insist on protecting the Census in the next version of the stimulus bill.


Keep Fighting for a Real Covid Relief Package

Call/write our 2 US Senators.

MESSAGE:

I’m calling/writing to urge you to stay strong in your fight for passing the HEROES Act, the covid-19 relief package. The latest version of the Republican Senate covid bill is full of cruelty to everyday people and gifts to their donors. The final package must have the full CARES unemployment benefit, save the post office, fund vote by mail, provide money for state/local governments, and NOT gut liability laws for employers. 

Please stay strong. I applaud and appreciate your steadfast dedication in this effort.

Moving Forward

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!
     

USPS Crisis

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: directoraccessmailbox@cigna.com; lee.moak@moakgroup.com; roman@rmiv.com; ron.bloom@brookfield.com; barger.jim@gmail.com; mduncan@inezdepositbank.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 - mike.oates@co.hood-river.or.us; Karen.joplin@co.hood-river.or.us; rmcbride@co.hood-river.or.us; bob.benton@co.hood-river.or.us; les.perkins@co.hood-river.or.us

Director Beebe - brian.beebe@co.hood-river.or.us

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