Indivisible NEWS

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 1, 12-2pm

Sat, Aug 8, 12-2pm

July 28 Rally for BLM & Solidarity with Portland Protesters

  • 5pm, at the salmon fountain in downtown Hood River (2nd & State Str), joining with Somos Uno at their Tuesday Racial Justice Rally.

  • Nationwide Indivisible rally to hold up the BLM movement and to express solidarity with the Portland activists who are under attack by our own federal government’s secret Stormtroopers.

  • Bring signs (eg BLM, Solidarity with Portland, etc.).

  • Masks and social distancing.

Aug 4 ICG’s Virtual House Party / Fundraiser for Rep. Anna Williams

Aug 9 Sundaes on Sunday

  • 4pm; Zoom link here. Meeting password: 594000.

  • Community virtual ice cream social hosted by ICG. Judging of sundaes begins promptly at 4pm, with awards for

Most Natural; Most Pre-historic; Most Forward-thinking; Most Noble; Most Ambitious; Most Heroic; Most International; Most Diverse; Most Nutritious; Most Glorious; Most Outdoorsy; and more.

Aug 17-20 [Virtual] Dem national convention

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

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
   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.
   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.

Support Americans Hurting from COVID

Call/write your US Senators and Representative.


For Merkley & Wyden

I’m calling/writing to thank you for pushing for coronavirus relief funding, and to urge you to continue to do so. Trump has intensified the pandemic crisis by pushing states to open while the threat was still high. It is unconscionable that nearly all of the last relief bill went to the top 1%. Working Americans need help now. Please fight for:

  • A continuation of the $600 boost to unemployment checks,

  • Money for state and local governments, and

  • Funds to make voting safer and more reliable, including vote by mail.

I also urge you to oppose McConnell’s liability shield, which will serve to protect businesses that don’t protect their workers. If a liability shield is invoked at all, it should be pegged to strict adherence to current CDC guidelines.

For Walden

I’m calling/writing to urge you to support the HEOES Act in Congress, and to support additional funds for unemployment, for state and local government, and money to make voting more safe and secure.

This pandemic has been intensified by lack of leadership from the federal government. Americans need help to survive this crisis.

Moving Forward

Making it happen: Week 14

This week, letter-writing volunteers Pennie Burns, Nancy Clement, Amy Nowatzki, and Kathy Pickering added 150 voter engagement letters to our GROWING pile that will be sent out in late October. Woohoo! Gold stars on collars!

Thank you to Claire Culbertson for her generous donation to purchase stamps for the letter-writing project. We could use more donations just like hers. Woohoo! Gold star on collar!

More on Protect the Results

You’ll recall we noted in this section several weeks ago the undercurrent of anxiety in the country about the possibility that Donald Trump will dispute the outcome of the 2020 if/when he loses. Responses are being planned already - at the grassroots level by Indivisible National and other pro-democracy groups, and at the national level by the Transition Integrity Project and [hopefully/probably] others.

A recent article in Atlantic Monthly talks about the Transition Integrity Project “an informal bipartisan group…that is looking to ensure the election and potential transition go smoothly. More than 60 people are involved, including former governors and Cabinet secretaries. They’re planning to meet on Zoom in the next few weeks and hold “tabletop” exercises meant to think through various scenarios.”

Our electoral tradition depends on the two candidates involved cooperating in the case of a contested election, i.e. one candidate being willing to fold in order to preserve the integrity of the system and avoid national chaos. This would be a move based on goodwill and interest in the greater good, neither of which have burdened Mr. Trump’s actions so far. Al Gore did just this is 2000, when the Supreme court failed to uphold a needed recount in Florida, and George Bush narrowly “won” the presidential election.

Author and professor Lawrence Douglas has just published Will He Go?, a book that lays out possible outcomes from a contested election, including courts being unable to resolve the dispute. He notes that “in 2020, we have no Al Gore to save us from a complete electoral meltdown and the unrest and violence it could unleash.”

The threat and possible consequences of a disputed national election are very real and very frightening. But having informed minds working together four months in advance allows for putting together an intelligent gameplan.

It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the many frightening things happening in current U.S. politics. A more satisfying and grounded approach is to keep our heads down and WORK at the things on the plate in front of us (see Call to Action above, and ICG’s 2020 Action Menu). And read what Mr. Rogers has to say (below). Often.


When I was a boy and would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people is this world.

Fred Rogers

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